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Innovate Kentucky is an initiative that seeks to increase awareness of and enthusiasm for the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines in Kentucky. The initiative is funded by a $500,000 challenge grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation, the first of its kind to be awarded to a public university. Innovate Kentucky is a partnership between The Center for Gifted Studies, the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, the Honors College at WKU, and Innoplexx, the WKU Student Business Accelerator.

  • Innovate Kentucky seeks to build a community dedicated to educating next-generation thinkers and will accomplish these goals through an active and informative website and partnerships with schools, businesses and universities.
  • This year, Innovate Kentucky sponsored three classes at the summer camp for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth (VAMPY) highlighting 21st century STEM skills: Sustainability, STEAM Labs, and Problems You Have Never Solved Before.
  • Each year Innovate Kentucky sponsors a winter colloquium at WKU called “Capturing the Innovative Spirit” that focuses on the entrepreneurial process.
  • In addition to these classes, Innovate Kentucky hosts IdeaFestival Bowling Green (IFBG), a speaker series focused on creativity and innovation that features nine of Kentucky’s big thinkers and a keynote speaker. The date for the inaugural IFBG is Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Downing Student Union auditorium at WKU.
  • Through a generous grant from the PNC Grow Up Great program, Innovate Kentucky will produce six videos focused on early childhood development. These videos will demonstrate learning strategies for parents and teachers to use with their young children in the hopes of developing creative and critical thinking skills.

Click below to view/download the Innovate Kentucky fact sheet.

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