Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Finals for Innovation in Action competition on March 9


Over the past five months, teams of students from across the university have been working on solutions to challenges centered on education as part of the Innovation in Action initiative. On March 9, teams will pitch their solution in the finals competition.

Innovation in Action was launched three years ago to develop student-led entrepreneurial solutions to public health issues. This year, an education track was added. Each transdisciplinary team designs and develops a solution to a real-world problem, and at the conclusion of the competition, pitches it to a panel of experts.

Teams working on innovations in education include:
• Aether, which seeks to connect people with great ideas across university campuses through a mobile application;
• Formativity, whose mission is to improve the frequency and quality of formative assessment in early learning environments by leveraging technology;
• Hatch, a Web-based learning platform designed to support ambitious instructional practice in core content areas;
• Lend a Hand, which aims to provide an “appreciation kit” for teachers to serve their unique mental and physical health needs;
• ProNetwork, a team committed to teaching high school students professional skills through a series of interactive modules; and
• Through My Eyes, which works to break down racial prejudices through virtual reality technology.

The Innovation in Action finals for education will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (with reception to follow) on Wednesday, March 9 in Prechter Lab. Along with the award of cash prizes of up to $10,000 to the top teams, the audience will vote on a winning team to receive $1,000. Keynote speaker will be Nichole D. Pinkard, associate professor and chair of the School of Design in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University in Chicago.

For more information on Innovation in Action, see the website.

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