Upcoming projects, presentations, and activities that you might want to put on your calendar
PAID Professional Development
The Design & Pitch Team is offering 20 hours of PAID professional development for middle and high school teachers in person at the Friday Institute on NC State’s Centennial Campus. This three day professional development runs from Monday, August 7, through Wednesday, August 9, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, and will engage teachers in the D&P process, challenging them to both work through the challenges and think about how to implement them in their classrooms. Additionally, teachers will receive $400 for participating in the PD and $250 for implementing a D&P Challenge in their classroom! Sign up here! See the flyer below for more details.
High School Summer Camp
Love STEM and want to solve problems related to the real world? Come participate in a FREE STEM summer camp offered this July for high school students. You will participate in the Design & Pitch Challenges in STEM which will engage you in entrepreneurial pitch competitions and high school math concepts. The FREE camp will meet from July 11 through July 13, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, and will be located at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation (1890 Main Campus Dr., Raleigh, NC, 27606). Students will receive a $50 gift card for completing the challenge.
Noteworthy accomplishments from our team
Spring 2021 Virtual Pitch Competition
In Spring 2021, we opened our Ambassador Pitch Competition to any teacher who wanted their students to participate. As part of the competition, teachers implemented one or more challenges with their students and submit teams’ video pitches to the Design & Pitch team. We then scored the pitches and selected the top 4 to participate in a final competition. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the final event was cancelled.
Ambassador Pitch Competition
In Fall 2020, we hosted a Design & Pitch Competition for those teachers who completed our professional development in August 2020. The top 3 teams competed in a “Top 3 Live” event on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Express Yourself, a team that developed customizable face masks, won the judges over with their creative and timely use of LEDs. Congratulations to Express Yourself and all teams who participated this semester!
NCSM “2021 Annual Conference” – September 20-22, 2021
Making Math Relevant and Engaging through Entrepreneurship
PME-NA “43rd Annual Meeting” – October 14-17, 2021
Exploring Students’ Statistical Thinking During An Entrepreneurial Design Challenge
NCTM “2021 Annual Meeting and Exposition” – April 21-30, 2021
Motivating Students Mathematically thru Entrepreneurial Design Competitions
NCTM “100 Days of Professional Learning” – July 14, 2020
Empowering Students in Math Through Entrepreneurship (Grades 6–8)
Video of Presentation
NCSM “2020 Virtual Conference” – March 31, 2020
The Math Shark Tank: Entrepreneurial Challenges for Middle Grades
NCCTM “2019 State Mathematics Conference” – November 8, 2019
Entrepreneurial Challenges for Middle Grades Math
National STEM Education Research Summit, Raleigh, NC – October 10, 2019
Engaging Middle Grades Students in STEM-Based Entrepreneurial Challenges
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