Capturing the Innovative Spirit Photos

As part of the initiative’s mission to inspire young innovators, Innovate Kentucky sponsored a winter colloquium in 2013 called “Capturing the Innovative Spirit” that focused on the entrepreneurial process. Taught by J. Krist Schell – Executive-in-Residence in Management at WKU – the course featured a field trip to the Innoplexx, the newly launched Student Business Accelerator at The Center for Research and Development. A partner with Innovate Kentucky, the Innoplexx opened the students’ eyes to the opportunities available to young entrepreneurs at WKU.

Episode 14: Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs

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Courtesy of the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs

From the GSE website: “The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) is an entrepreneurship program designed to give Kentucky high school students a hands-on opportunity to invent a product and create a business around it. GSE’s mission is to give Kentucky High School students the keys to understanding how to turn their ideas into a product or service, and in turn inspire them to become business leaders in their communities.”

In this episode of the Innovation Update, Josh talks with Executive Director Laurie Daugherty about this exciting new program and its potential for improving Kentucky’s economic outlook.


Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs

From the GSE website: High school students, do you have an idea that you think might be valuable? Does it solve a problem, fill a need, or bring useful information to a user’s fingertips? Do you create and design better solutions for things just by habit? What if you could turn your idea into reality? The next great entrepreneur is out there. Will It Be You?

Student applications now available and are due February 15th, 2013! Click here to apply.

Unlocking Emergent Talent

Unlocking Emergent Talent Cover“Unlocking Emergent Talent: Supporting High Achievement of Low-Income, High- Ability Students takes a comprehensive look at achievement for low-income promising learners—past, present, and future. At its core, it challenges the nation to move beyond its near-singular focus of achieving minimum performance for all students, to identifying and developing the talent of all students who are capable of high achievement, including our promising low-income and culturally and linguistically diverse students who too often literally languish in our schools.”

Click here to read the full report.


Students will converse with astronauts on Friday

International Space Station Headline PhotoIn Episode 8 of the Innovation Update, Josh spoke with Eastern Kentucky University’s Jaleh Rezaie about the NASA downlink program that allowed middle school students to talk with astronauts aboard the International Space Station. This Friday, 160 middle schoolers from 46 schools will get their chance to talk with the astronauts at EKU’s Hummel Planetarium and Perkins Building while also enjoying a day full of educational activities.

Read more about the event – including how the students were selected to attend – by clicking here.