Have you have ever suspected you could stand out from the pack if only you had the right guidance and mentoring? Yes!? Then read on.
Innovation Academy is known for impactful one-week engineering camps. Their new student mentoring takes STEM and innovation in a brand new direction!
The Innovation Challenge is not some course, “system”, or social club. It is unlike anything you have seen before. In this fellowship, your child will get intense, no-holds-barred interaction and feedback from Dr. Steve Kurti, a PhD physicist and entrepreneur, along with other powerful innovators.
Who Should Apply?
High schoolers interested in leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, STEM, design, or other creative ventures.
What is it?
The Innovation Challenge is a one year project designed to take teens on a journey of self-discovery, deep learning, collaborative action, and leadership training. Weekly video calls and project working hours provide consistent feedback, while face-to-face events foster strong relationships and enhance learning.
Students develop a powerful innovation mindset by learning to take responsibility, solve problems proactively, take action, work hard, take risks, embrace failure thoughtfully, develop discipline, manage internal dialogue, collect wisdom, and pursue excellence. These mental tools are the prized possession of the most influential.
When Will Students Attend?
Students are required to budget time for the weekly 2 hr video call (time TBD when group forms) as well as 8-10 hours a week to collaborate, work on their project, and invest in personal development. There are also three mandatory face-to-face events in Oct, Feb, and June spanning 5 days each over a long weekend.
Where will it be?
The weekly calls will occur via Zoom video conferencing with face-to-face events in California and/or the eastern Tennessee area.
Why the Startup Challenge?
One of the biggest mistakes high school students make is relying solely on grades to get into the University of their choosing. High grades do not cut it anymore. A capstone project will make you stand out in a stack of straight “A” transcripts.
Along the way, you will work with a like-minded group of amazing peers. Together, you will support and encourage each other to create proactive solutions. Combined with mentoring and guidance from a PhD physicist and other industry professionals, you will learn to accomplish outstanding results across a lifetime.
The Innovation Mindset Map – powering innovators
Innovation is quickly becoming the most important skill students need. We are facing unprecedented challenges, and our kids are inheriting a different world from our own. The Innovation Challenge is a completely different kind of educational experience focusing on Ten Core Innovation Habits:
We are currently interviewing potential candidates for the 2019-2020 Innovation Challenge cadre. We are looking for students who are willing to:
0. Take Responsibility… completely
1. Solve Problems… proactively
2. Take Action… immediately
3. Work Hard… consistently
4. Take Risks… often
5. Embrace Failure… thoughtfully
6. Develop GRIT… willingly
7. Remain Positive… diligently
8. Collect Wisdom… continuously
9. Pursue Excellence… intentionally
Willingness doesn’t necessarily imply skill in each area, but a willingness to learn, grow, and contribute through a project that has purpose, impact, and significance.These habits build on each other starting with habit #0 (yes, it starts with “0” because it is a prerequisite for all the others). Innovators like Elon Musk and Richard Branson are using these habits (specifically 1-5) to drive positive change. Join us to experience the Innovation Challenge Acceleration.
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Listen to the podcast below to hear an interview with Dr. Kurti about the Innovation Academy.
Innovation Challenge Leadership Team
In our work with teens, we have discovered effective technology education requires a tight integration of both technical expertise AND teaching pedagogy. Tech-focused teens want to dive into technology head first, and having a strong tech mentor at hand to guide them accelerates learning. On the other hand, technology education is often taught in a heavy-handed approach, but to be most effective, learning must be motivated by the student — requiring the deft insights of a master educator. Here are the key members of our team.
Innovation Challenge Advisors and Contributors
To augment our expertise at the Innovation Academy Startup Challenge, we have engaged the minds of a few top-notch professionals in fields from cognitive development to computer programming. We all know technology is constantly changing, but our understanding of cognitive development also continues to evolve every year. Just a few years ago, the common research-supported view was that intelligence remained constant across a lifetime. We now know that every neuron in the brain is replaced more than once in a lifetime. The mind is much more flexible and capable of growth than we thought possible. To fully take advantage of the immense cognitive power in teens, we have asked a number of trusted colleagues who are experts in their fields to advise us on different aspects of the Resonance Innovation Fellowship process.