Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Explain your idea in details:
My mother is a teacher, and she is personally aware of the struggles students with dyslexia go through. One first grade student of hers had been reading chapter books fluently since preschool. However, she could not spell short, simple words like make and you: she had a visual memory deficit as well as a phonological deficit. However, her greatest talent was in storytelling, and my mother worried that what she had to say would go unacknowledged or lost if she was not able to write to her full potential. When I heard this story, I began thinking of potential solutions for education while working around dyslexia. While it is helpful to teaching phonemes and root words, I thought there must be a different way to increase her memory by providing her auditory learning experiences rather than only relying on visual memory. When my mother tried spelling out each word 5 times for her, it worked like magic. All of a sudden, she was able to write words correctly at the same speed of other students. Then other problems arose. It was labor intensive and there were more students like her. When my mother had students spelling out for themselves, they were confusing each other with their spelling out voices while it also bothered rest of the class of visual learners. Then I turned to the idea of a program that audibly spells out words. I thought that might help solve many of these problems, and if it were free as an added function of existing applications, it would be more accessible to anyone who has difficulties with spelling
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Only 2% of dyslexics are enrolled in undergraduate programs in the USA. The estimated rate of functional illiteracy in USA is about 20% and of these people, 50% have dyslexia. 80% of those with learning disabilities are dyslexic. On top of that, about 70% of juvenile offenders have dyslexia. Challenges from living with dyslexia can be major causes for juvenile delinquency, high crime rates, illiteracy, unemployment, and other social issues. Therefore dyslexic population and anybody who is not good at visual memory will benefit the most from spellform, which also does not diplit any natural resources.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Because people with dyslexia have trouble visually distinguishing the forms of individual letters, a program that audibly spells them out can circumvent their main problem by teaching them word spellings in a way that is friendlier to them. This program could take the form of an app, running in the background of a computer or phone, which could allow a user to tap a word and have it spelled out for help while going about normal activities. The more dyslexic people listen to spelling, the better they become at spelling just like the more visual learners look at words, the better they become at spelling. Though this program may not solve all troubles with dyslexia, it will increase the confidence of people with dyslexia and will be the necessary extra care we provide for 20% of our community. To develop this project past the idea phase, it will be necessary to create the actual program, market the program to users, and gain partners to implement the program. People getting involved with this project can help with writing code for the program, and organizations or companies that get involved can help by incorporating the program into their websites or devices they sell.
I am 16 years old and goes to interlake senior high school in Bellevue WA. My interest ranges from playing 3 instruments in orchestra/band to linguistics/history and writing stories. I am the 1st place winners in Washing State History Bee and Bowl and also 1st place winner in Pacific NW history Bee and Bowl in 2018. I am the 1st place winner in Washington State in Future Provlem Solving scenario writing division in 2017. I also am a 3rd place winner in short story writing contest by Museum of Pop Culture in 2016. There are various math/science awards before high school. Currently I am in Germany as an exchange student in the Experiment program.