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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Oct 02, 2015

Students in K-12 rarely have the opportunity to develop or research a new idea, and then creatively explore its application to the world. Yet enabling students to experience first-hand the fun and challenges of invention and entrepreneurship is critical both to developing their sustained interest in STEM learning and to building a future workforce ready to tackle challenges we face today. This strand is focused on identifying, sharing, and providing detailed information on how innovation and entrepreneurship concepts are implemented in K-12, which in turn enable others to advance this concept their own communities.

Below is one example each of a session and exhibit in this strand. Summit attendees are encouraged to review all of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship sessions and exhibits.

Session: “Impactful Teaching and Learning and Environmental Restoration through Citizen Science”

From the White House, across the nation and back, learn directly from Green Schools and our National Green Schools Society Student Leaders how to develop the next generation of environmentally innovative students and schools through Best E-STEM (Environment + STEM) Practices, project-based learning, leadership, and action.

Full session description.

Exhibit: “STEAM Power”

Artists For Humanity’s STEAM Power encapsulates the Summit’s theme of Promising Practices, Proven Results by sharing examples of their approach for promoting STEM learning and interest in STEM careers for high-school aged youth through client-commissioned art-making. STEAM Power operates from a workforce development model, immersing youth in invention and entrepreneurship as they complete real design projects for real clients; income generated by these projects directly supports program operations and youth wages.

Full exhibit description.

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Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Massachusetts Business Roundtable UMass Donahue Institute WGBH