Marshalltown Learning Academy teacher and a circle of other STEM Innovator teachers enjoy a networking activity.
Friday, August 3, 2018
Annette Schulte

Teachers from Iowa, Illinois, California, and New Jersey were onsite in July for some intensive training and networking during the Jacobson Institute’s annual STEM Innovator® Ed Camp.

Led by Leslie Flynn, Tippie professor of STEM entrepreneurship and innovation, and Institute Director Dawn Bowlus, the workshop is for high school teachers in the STEM Innovator® professional development program. Ed Camp gives teachers a chance to workshop their innovation and entrepreneurship models and to network with their peers and University of Iowa STEM experts.

Highlights of the workshop were presentations by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, a Jacobson Institute partner, and by Britany Flockhart, a Keokuk High School senior and spring 2018 Innovator Competition winner. The USPTO presented on intellectual property. Flockhart presented on her hunting invention, developed in a STEM class with her STEM Innovator® Certified Instructor, Courtney Giesel. 

STEM Innovator® was developed by Flynn and Bowlus to help teachers infuse innovation, entrepreneurship, and invention into STEM classes. Through the training of teachers in these concepts, STEM Innovator® helps equip students with the 21st-century skills and practices that they need to be college and career ready.

STEM Innovator® has trained 256 teachers in nine states since 2013, with an estimated impact on nearly 63,000 students. The Jacobson Institute is a part of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) at the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa.