4 Steps for a Successful Student Project
Have a great idea but not sure how you can go about implementing it?
Taking up a project along with peers or under a professor and working on it is indeed a tedious task! But these 4 Steps will give you a kick-start and help you plan it all out!
1. Choose a Good Cause
International competitions and prizes provide the best opportunities for students to focus their creativity on good causes, helping to address various problems at the local, national or international level.
One could draw inspiration from these competitions, the Internet or TV and learn about various challenges faced by communities around the world today. Try finding solutions and spend time testing and implementing them.
When it comes to implementation, students must look for project funding. But what they don't realize is a lot of incubators, and government organizations provide such funding specifically for student innovators.
2. Be Creative, but Stay on track!
One of the most challenging parts of student projects – and any project in real life – is to find an innovative solution for problems around us. Often, it is not hard to find Global challenges to solve, but it gets arduous when one has to scale down to the implementation level of a student team.
Very often, students think too big – at an enormous scale – and promise to move mountains and end up biting more than what they can chew.
The real skill in innovations, including social changes, is to zoom out and see the big picture and identify smaller target problem for a creative solution.
3. Test its Applicability.
The secret of any creative thinking lies in the ability to identify the right mixture of effort and resources – finding a good solution at an economical cost.
It is also essential to choose an appropriate approach that is applicable in a particular environment – city or rural, high intensity or low intensity, etc.
4. Presentation and Planning are Key.
Finding an Interesting and Innovative solution will not suffice.
There are two key aspects to consider and address:
Style of presentation, and Timing.
Most of the times, excellent ideas are not understood well enough when they are not written in the language of the grant/award requirements or "investment angel" views on innovation, so you must do a little homework before applying.
It is imperative to draft a project summary, a high-impact presentation, which is tailored to your project funding or supporting organization according to their published requirements.