What is SmashboardEdu?

Problem-based learning & the design-thinking process smashed into a gamified experience!

The goal is to creatively explain a solution to a relevant, real-world problem.

Game Play

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Materials needed: SmashboardEdu cards, writing materials or digital input tools (ex: Google Doc, PearDeck, or NearPod).

- Optional Solve materials (see #MakerKitchen) or creative apps for Solve section.

  • Each group of 3 or 4 receives a set of cards and a device (phone, tablet, or computer).
  • One note-taker needed per team. Notes can be taken analog or digitally.
  • Follow the steps for each card in order.

Prep: Pick A Problem to Smash

Facilitator can create problem with participants or each group can create on their own.

In the classroom, teachers and students evaluate lesson objectives/essential question by asking:

  • What new information & skills will be (or has been) taught?
  • When might learners use this information & skills in the future?
  • How might they use this information & skills to help others?

With this in mind, teachers and students have a conversation to discover a relevant, real-world problem to solve.


SOS card serves as a reminder of the, "Ask 3 Before Me of" rule.

It can be used once by the group during any point of the process to ask for help from the facilitator.


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Warning, you use it, you lose it, so use wisely!

Step 1


  • What is the problem?
  • Who does it affect?
  • Why is it important to you?

Recommended time 5-15 min

Step 2


  • Where does the problem exist?
  • When did it begin or when does it occur?
  • How have others tried to solve this problem?

Recommended time 5-15 min

Step 3


  • What are some ways you might solve this problem?
  • How will you try to solve it?
  • Why did you choose this solution?

Recommended time: 15-35 min (extended time for creation)

Also see Creative Apps Directory for ideas!

Step 4


  • What will you use to explain your solution?
  • How does it work?
  • Where will you share this solution?

Recommended time 5-15 min

Step 5


  • What new things did you learn in the process?
  • When did challenges occur in the process?
  • How would you do things differently in the future?

Recommended time 5-15 min

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