Episode 40: Entrepreneurship at WKU

Dr. Dawn Bolton and Dr. Whitney Peake
Dr. Dawn Bolton and Dr. Whitney Peake

If you’re a student who has entrepreneurial aspirations, WKU offers a vast array of resources to help you develop and grow your business: degree programs, pitch competitions, business plan development workshops, an entrepreneur speaker series, and much more! In this episode of the Innovation Update, Josh talks with Dr. Dawn Bolton and Dr. Whitney Peake of the WKU Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation about the many avenues to entrepreneurial success available to WKU students.


Mars Rover: High school students simulate Mars expeditions

Photo credit: Aprile Rickert
Photo credit: Aprile Rickert

From the News and Tribune: Sixteen-year-old Meghan Sturgeon already has a handle on what she wants to be when she grows up: an engineer.

Although her high school doesn’t offer much in the way of engineering exposure outside of some math and science classes that may be required for it, she got the opportunity —along with 44 other students from across Southern Indiana and parts of Kentucky — to get an up-close look at what engineering can be about Friday at Purdue Polytechnic Institute in New Albany.

“Purdue: Mission to Mars” was a daylong event which was part of the school’s K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) outreach program. The students were grouped according to complementary skills and tasked with using several of the disciplines to get Lego robots, in the style of Martian rovers, to navigate the surface of Mars, built by staff, faculty and students of the school.

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Is STEM education being left behind?

Photo credit: Susan Walsh/AP
Photo credit: Susan Walsh/AP

Just last month, President Obama had this to say during the second annual White House Astronomy Night:

“Some of you might be on your way to Mars,” the president told the crowd of future astronauts and scientists. “America can do anything! We just gotta keep on encouraging every new generation to explore and invent and create and discover. We got to keep encouraging some young kid in Brooklyn or a budding rocket scientist in Alabama or that young girl who’s dreaming to become an astronaut.”

Then why, some would argue, is action not measuring up to words?

“People like to talk, but the actions don’t measure up to words,” says City College of New York physics professor Michael Lubell. He’s also a fellow at the American Physical Society, which has long sounded the alarm on the need to bolster physics, science and math education. “STEM today is the child left behind. And it’s being left behind at the juvenile level,” Lubell says.

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