New Ways of Problem-Solving for a New School Year PAGE 3 5 Ways to Have a Personally & Professionally Rewarding School Year PAGES 4 - 7 When Families Can’t Celebrate, This School Brings Birthday Cheer PAGES 8 - 9 Making Her Move: Meet the New CEO of Faith in the Future PAGES 10 - 11 Their Final Project: Explain It to a Six-Year-Old PAGES 12 - 14 Today’s Tech Challenge: Teach This Robot How to Dance PAGE 15 Submit Your Story PAGES 16 - 17 Looking to Make Math More Fun? Throw It to the Dogs PAGES 18 - 21 The Face of America’s Next Engineers PAGES 22 - 23 10 Apps to Spark Your Students’ Creativity 2 School is back in session, and with our first issue of Ignite for 2018- 2019, we’re taking a look at AOPS educators who are giving students the freedom to create their own solutions to overcome classroom and community challenges. They’re getting students crafting. They’re getting students engineering. Most importantly, these teachers are getting their students thinking and building creatively to fuel personal and academic growth. For example, Notre Dame de Lourdes Elementary School teachers are using quirky new Ozobots to inspire students with a fun, intuitive approach to computer programming. At St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic School, creative problem-solving means putting children in charge of crafting birthday surprises for peers who aren’t fortunate enough to be showered with presents on their special day. And at West Catholic Preparatory High School, educators are immersing students in STEM with an in-depth engineering program. Tackling practical problems, they’re employing professional CAD software and real production equipment to bring solutions to life. If you’re looking for inspiration on prompting students into creative problem-solving, look no further than your colleagues at AOPS. Their work is already helping students discover new ways to expand minds, warm hearts, and change the world.