The fourth annual Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation challenges students across the state to unleash their creativity and work collaboratively to design a process, environment, or tool for a K-12 classroom that will increase student engagement. This year’s Prize competition will be open to all high school students in North Carolina.
Finalist teams will receive $1,000. For the most inventive and viable idea, IEI will award $5,000 to get the project off the ground. The winning team will be announced at IEI’s 29th Annual Emerging Issues Forum, February 10-11, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Create a process, environment, or tool for the K-12 classroom to increase student engagement.
The advent of technology means our world is rapidly changing, which in turn means our classrooms must change if they are going to best serve our students and teachers. IEI’s challenge to you is to design a process, environment, or tool to help students invest in and direct their learning in K-12 classrooms. What do we mean by this? Maybe you’ll develop an app that better organizes a student’s workload? Maybe you’ll create an innovative desk that makes learning easier? Maybe you’ll completely redesign what a classroom should look like? As long as it’s realistic, we’re not picky. We just want the best ideas to increase student engagement.
Engaged students take ownership of their own learning. They use resources and technology to expand learning in and out of the classroom. Their motivation allows their teachers to produce creative lesson plans and reduce busywork. They are driven to teach and learn from their peers. Engaged students grow up to be the world-class leaders that we need here in North Carolina.
We are looking for a process, environment, or tool that can be used across the state to deliver world-class instruction. We’re not simply seeking something that will just make the classroom more “fun” or “exciting”, but looking for an idea that will have a powerful impact on how, when, what, and where students learn.
November 8, 2013 – Proposals due at 11:59 p.m.
December 4, 2013 – IEI announces finalists
January 24, 2014 – Deadline for finalists to submit video about their idea
February 3-10, 2014 – Voting period (opens 9 a.m. 2/3, closes 5 p.m. 2/11)
February 11, 2014 – Winner announced during second day of the Emerging Issues Forum
We’ve selected the Finalists!
Click here to see the finalist teams in the running for $5,000. The winning team will be announced at IEI’s 29th Annual Emerging Issues Forum, February 10-11, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina.