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.
Girls in Science STEM Day Photos
As a follow-up to the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Conference held October 12 at the National Corvette Museum, Western Kentucky University welcomed girls in grades 5-8 for an afternoon of hands-on, minds-on exploration into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Female STEM practitioners and educators led girls through activities that mirrored real-world STEM tasks and highlighted creative and innovative problem solving. Participants also learned how to best prepare themselves to study STEM fields in high school and college. The event was facilitated by WKU's SKyTeach program.
Research Louisville Photos
The Louisville Science Center was buzzing with activity during Research Louisville, as students from six schools observed hands-on demonstrations of research being done in the medical field. Innovate Kentucky had the chance to follow students from TK Stone as they attended demonstrations by the Just for Kids Transport Team and the Paris Simulation Center. Both demonstrations featured life-like dummies that captured the students' attention and inspired their imagination.
See Blue STEM Camp LEGO Robotics Class Photos
The LEGO Robotics class at the See Blue STEM Camp was a hive of activity the day Innovate Kentucky visited. After constructing their robots the day before, campers set out to program their robots to perform a series of tasks. The first few tasks, which challenged campers to move their robot a set distance and back without knocking over a LEGO figurine, were a warm-up compared to the second set of tasks. The second set of tasks required campers to program their robots to navigate through an obstacle course and land within a designated area. After that, campers would program their robots to complete the same challenge backwards. It was a challenging task that required precise programming and plenty of trial and error on the part of the campers.
See Blue STEM Camp Engineering Class Photos
On the day Innovate Kentucky visited the See Blue STEM Camp engineering class, campers were busy with two different activities.
The first was creating a DC motor out of a battery, paper clips, rubber bands and a wire. Using the rubber bands to hold the paper clips in place against both ends of the battery, campers were amazed when the circle of wire suspended between the paper clips began to spin.
The second activity tasked campers with building a free-standing tower out of K’Nex building toys. With the restriction in place that campers couldn’t speak during the construction phase, the task was extra challenging but campers still managed to build some impressive towers.