InnovateAthon HS is a program for high school students that focuses on creating potential innovative solutions to real-world problems and opportunities. Participants apply creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation, science, engineering, economics, and business principles.
An InnovateAthon HS is typically a 3-day event but could be condensed or expanded to fit student, high school, or sponsor requirements.
Each InnovateAthon HS program consists of 12 high school students organized in 3 teams of 4 students each, 3 state-certified high school teachers with InnovateAthon HS training, and volunteer industry mentors.
Individual InnovateAthon events are primarily funded by industry sponsors and grants from community organizations. The funding includes scholarships for the high school student participants for furthering their post-HS education, and honorariums for the event teachers.
Each student team develops potentially innovative solutions to pre-selected real-world problems. The problems could encompass technology, business, economics, science, art, environment, communications, engineering, and other issues.
At the conclusion of an InnovateAthon program, each student team will have created a 6-12 page written executive summary for their innovation. They will also make a 15-minute presentation to InnovateAthon HS event participants and individuals from the sponsoring organization.
As an aid in stimulating creative thinking, an Innovate-A-thon HS program is typically held in a "fresh" rather than a location "familiar" to the student participants.
A prime goal of the InnovateAthon HS program is to encourage the student participants to apply their current educational background, learn new skills and knowledge, and encourage them to continue their education beyond high school.
For further information, please contact Jim Jindrick (Jindrick@U.Arizona.edu)
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