CentennialX – Expanding the Educational Paradigm

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#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 https://www.centennialx.com/new-blog/.