Rapid Innovation Design Thinking and STEM Program for Grades 8+

  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Technology

Our 2020 - 2021 Challenges are:


Eyes on the Beach, led by Dr. Mara Orescanin of the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA) challenges students to come up with strategies to monitor changes that occur in the physical structure of the beach over time to help train COASTAL CHANGE models.


Underwater Vision, led by Dr. Marcos Sastre-Cordova of Raytheon Technology (Providence, RI) challenges students to design an experiment that evaluates the ability of commercially available cameras to take useful underwater pictures. These pictures will be used to train his AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES that find and deactivate naval mines.


Students tackle Rapid Innovation challenges in virtual or in-person teams, guided by design-thinking, prototyping, and iterative design scaffolds and prompts on the Scoutlier digital platform. The Scoutlier platform can be accessed on individual or shared devices (Chromebooks, laptops, tablets, mobile phones). Their work is visible to you in real-time for coaching no matter where they are working from, and teams can request input and feedback from a rich mentor network. Solutions are shared with and recognized by the sponsoring Navy STEM career role models, as well as the national Rapid Innovation community.


Implementation of the program is expected to take between 4 and 8 instructional hours. How and when it is implemented is flexible so that it can be adapted to specific classroom needs and opportunities. As a participating teacher you will receive virtual training on the program, and on the broader use of Scoutlier to support hybrid and online instruction, as well as ongoing, on-demand support and resources for implementation. Qualifying teachers will be offered 10 PDP hours for training and a total of 30 PDP hours for completing the program.


To enroll in our 2020 - 2021 cohort or for more information on Rapid Innovation, please contact Beth Knittle: beth@aecern.com.


Rapid Innovation is supported by a grant from the Office of Naval Research Naval STEM Education and Workforce Program

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