Philadelphia’s B.Phl Innovation Festival

A few weeks ago one of the students in NOVA Lab informed me of an innovation festival being hosted in Philadelphia.   After checking it out on the web, I was convinced this would be a place for our students to learn why innovation and design thinking were so important to the economy they’d soon beContinue reading “Philadelphia’s B.Phl Innovation Festival”

Open Ideo: Design Thinking For Social Impact

I’ve grown fond of the way we’ve been discussing people’s ideas, offering pushback and extending their thinking in new and prosperous ways.  Don Wettrick’s “ROTH IRA” Cycle is something we’ll have to struggle through a few times before we get the pacing and rhythms down, but that’s the same with orchestrating any large group (andContinue reading “Open Ideo: Design Thinking For Social Impact”

PA Dept. of Transportation Design Challenge

Wolf Administration’s “Innovations Challenge” Invites Students to Develop Technologies, Solutions to Combat Roadway Litter Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in the third PennDOT Innovations Challenge which encourages students to use their problem-solving,Continue reading “PA Dept. of Transportation Design Challenge”

When a Plan Comes Together

Since Phil Holcombe’s Monday discussion with our classes on the value and methods of branding, we’ve been discovering the common signals that seem to emanate from the documents we’ve explored about this class and others like it. Today we got to the point where the two classes had (as smaller groups) defined their common signalsContinue reading “When a Plan Comes Together”

I have been to the Mountain Top…

I ran across this article today and was reminded of some of the background work that went into the creation of inNOVAtion Lab.  In the summer of 2015, accompanied by my superintendent and our STEM coordinator, I visited Lehigh’s Mountain Top Program.  We were led through the space by Dr. Sarah Stanlick.  The immensity ofContinue reading “I have been to the Mountain Top…”