Creating an Innovative STEM Program through Entrepreneurship and Engineering Webinar

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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The Allen Distinguished Educators Program engages teachers in greater innovation around computer science, engineering and/or entrepreneurship. This webinar highlights the work of two 2016 ADEs, Alyson Nelson and Jodie Woodruff. Join them as they discuss how they craft innovative STEM programs and learn about upcoming grant opportunities to bring their projects into your classroom. Learn more about the speakers and programs below.

Alyson teaches biomedical engineering at the Nikola Tesla STEM High School in Redmond, Washington. Alyson’s students are bringing their personal passions to her biomedical engineering classes and solving major issues in the world. For example, one class designed a new type of prosthetic that will allow users to play guitar or participate in high-intensity sports like skateboarding and skiing. Nelson also partners with a sociology teacher to engage her students in researching causes of pandemic infections and to seek ways to care and cure patients.

Jodie teaches at The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center in Providence, Rhode Island. She runs a unique entrepreneurship program to teach high school students in an under-served area to create and run their own community businesses. They must identify a market opportunity, develop and pitch a business plan to potential investors, secure seed funding, manage a budget, market their product and even rent office space. They run their businesses out of a purpose-built collaboration space on the school’s campus. Example businesses include a Kickstarter campaign consultancy and a graphic design and printing service for local Hispanic-owned small businesses.

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