Connected Storm Sanctuary

Design Thinking Mission

Presented by U.S. Cellular and JASON Learning

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Thinking by Design: Expanding opportunities for STEM education

by U.S. Cellular with Milwaukee Public Schools

Welcome to the U.S. Cellular® Connected Storm Sanctuary Design Thinking Mission,​ brought to you by U.S. Cellular® and JASON Learning.

In this innovative STEM learning experience, your middle and high school students will imagine and prototype solutions that use mobile technologies to create a better storm sanctuary: a temporary space where families can come together, connect, engage and be safe during, and immediately after, a natural disaster.

Your students will achieve this goal by applying design thinking strategies. This powerful methodology is widely used by start-up companies, academics, government agencies and many more who seek to create solution for the future rather than focusing on solving problems that have occurred in the past. Its emphasis is to achieve the best possible outcome for the end user, who could be a person, an organization, or even your whole community.

It draws on logic, imagination, and intuition, as well as knowledge and reasoning, to explore, design and test possible solutions.

Throughout this learning experience, your students will:

  • Acquire deep, practical understanding of how mobile technologies and networks work, and how they can be disrupted by natural disasters
  • Gain insights into the needs of their community during and following a natural disaster, and what resources are, or should be, available
  • Build and apply foundational and advanced STEM knowledge and skills across many disciplines, from earth science to physics to computer science and engineering
  • Building important career skills, such as problem solving and design thinking, teamwork, entrepreneurship and communication
  • Grow in confidence, think creatively and engage deeply with their community and possible careers
  • Translate their new-found strengths into innovation, local impacts, and possible even jobs

Download the Storm Sanctuary Challenge & Activity Files


About U.S. Cellular®

U.S. Cellular® is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier is building a stronger network with the latest 5G technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. We strive to build a connection with our communities that extends beyond our business by supporting a cause that strengthens every neighborhood where we live and work. We’re committed to enhancing the learning experience for children and communities by championing K-12 and STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] educational programs. Since 2009, we have invested more than $15.1 million in supporting local elementary and secondary school programming to provide a better learning experience for students. To learn more about U.S. Cellular®, visit one of its retail stores or To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on, and

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