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CentennialX – Expanding the Educational Paradigm

#CentennialX is gearing up for its opening day on July 6, with William Tennent welcoming students from Upper Dublin High School, who will join this incubator/accelerator, to generate new ideas under the guidance of teachers and industry partners. Now in its third year, #CentennialX is an innovative program gaining attention in outlets such as Education Week for its ability to revolutionize the traditional educational paradigm. It guides students through the process of developing new ideas and products that solve “real-world” problems while bringing genuine value to the immediate and extended communities.

The program provides a stage where students can gain the transferable skills — collaboration, problem-solving, creativity, design thinking, and communication – needed to succeed in today’s college and tomorrow’s job markets.

Specially selected teams of students will work on various challenges including:

·       Eli Lilly project with iCAN (a worldwide consortium of children’s advisory groups) – seeking to design additional ways to collaborate with researchers, thus deriving even more value for patients, science, and iCAN members

  • PRA Health Sciences/Rare Diseases project team — will work on novel approaches to connect various stakeholders and expedite cures
  • PRA Health Sciences/Pediatric health challenge — aims to determine how to engage and educate children involved in pediatric clinical trials
  • Branta Group, LLC/MIT Bike Team – will conceptualize, ideate and build a prototype for a bike accessory that will make the biking experience better
  • Accelerator Team – working to develop a “market-ready” prototype for a disease educational kit using ideas from the first two years of CentennialX
  • Event Planning Challenge — will develop and organize the 2017 CentennialX Conference

We’ll be following their progress throughout the summer, and you can too, by visiting their blog at

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We Will Provide a Quality Education for Our Kids

The state budget, scheduled to be voted upon before the end of the month, is critically important to public education. In this video, you’ll learn how budget cuts in the previous administration...

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Our Investment is the Kids- Bottom Line

The diversity in the public schools of Bucks and Montgomery counties lays the groundwork for our students to become active and engaged citizens. Surrounded by people from different backgrounds and belief...

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Inside the Mind of a Teacher

Do you ever wonder what makes the schools of Bucks and Montgomery counties so exceptional? We’re proud that so much of it has to do with the commitment and passion that our educators bring to the...

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Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7 to 13, Celebrates the Accomplishments of Area Teachers

During Teacher Appreciation Week, the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (CAPS) salutes the public school teachers of Bucks and Montgomery counties and gives a special nod to Becky Geremia of...

CAPS OriginalWhat You May Have Missed

Demand Charter School’s Accountability!

Watch the conversation that took place about #CharterSchoolaccountability recently when Montgomery County Rep. Steve McCarter; Assistant Superintendent of North Penn, Dr. Diane Holben; and teachers Kitty...

CAPS OriginalWhat You May Have Missed

What impact can Betsy DeVos have on our schools?

What impact could the new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, have on a variety of initiatives and programs? While she may not have quite as much control of public school systems as expected, she still...

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Success Starts Here Campaign

CAPS is proud to announce that we are now part of the statewide campaign – Success Starts Here — that highlights the great things happening in public education across Pennsylvania. Officially...

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Where are all the Teachers?

Pennsylvania is facing a teacher shortage and the time to do something about it is now. The number of college students beginning teacher prep programs in the state has dropped by 59 percent in the past...

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Early Childhood Education is Crucial

Pre-K education is not only foundational for success in school, but paves the way for a fulfilled life and career. With 90 percent of a child’s brain developed by age five, the earliest years of a...