Make Things That Matter, a Complementary Contemporary Issues course, is part of the SPACE learning community. The course embraces the notion that all problems, even the seemingly intractable ones, can be solved through human ingenuity and a collective desire to improve the lives of all. Students will explore problem solving, innovation, and the future through the application of design thinking, social impact tool sets and related methodologies. A sequence of design challenges and activities linked with innovation initiatives concretize the methods. Students generate, develop and realize their own breakthrough ideas by way of learning basic skills of brainstorming, research, prototyping, and public presentations. Collaborating in groups, they may pursue any problem that aligns with the yearly theme of the course, can be related to a contemporary issue, and has the potential for a synthesis of disciplines. Final projects may be presented in a variety of public venues and linked with annual SPACE co-curricular undertakings.