MakeSchools Higher Education Alliance Release State of Making Report June 2015

One day, I expect that Makerspaces will be as central on campus as libraries were in the past and as common as recreation centers are in the present. A Makerspace is a place for students to do projects. “We had no idea that students had so many projects until we opened the makerspace,” a director […]

Just Kent Get Enough

We woke up on a sunny, yet windy day at the Kent State University Hotel. The downtown area of Kent, Ohio, is fairly new, having been recently developed (in roughly the last 5 years or so). The streets are wide, the buildings are low and a nice sandstone color with red accents from awnings to […]

Virginia is for Makers*

*A play on Virginia’s state motto, “Virginia is for Lovers.” We kicked off our roadtrip strong, driving 5 hours through 5 states – MA, CT, NY, NJ, and PA – before stopping in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to get some Zzzs. Our biggest priority was to get to James Madison University to join their first-ever, student-led 24-hour hackathon, Bluestone Hacks. Participants of the […]

UIF Roadtrip April 2015

7 Days. *5 Campuses. 25 Fellows. Saturday, April 18th, 2015 Humera and Katie are hitting the road, traveling through eight states to visit University Innovation Fellows, faculty sponsors and administrative leadership, to experience their spaces of innovation and hear stories of the way in which student engagement is expanding opportunities for peers and creating lasting […]

Apply by May 11th for Fall 2015 Cohort

March 16, 2015 — The National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) has opened the application process for its University Innovation Fellows program for U.S. college and university students. The application deadline is May 11, 2015. Learn more and apply at The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their […]

What Role Can Students Play in Attracting & Retaining their STEM Peers?

#BigBeacon Twitter Chat – April 22, 2015 Join the conversation at 8 p.m. EST. Tweeting as @epicenterusa, using the #BigBeacon. Preparing college graduates for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is a national education priority in the United States. According to a report published by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and […]

Spaces for Innovation: 12 Suggestions

Google “space for innovation” and several hundred results will show up. The difference between this piece and others is that I compiled it on my flight back to Milwaukee and after visiting some of the most inspiring innovation spaces in Silicon Valley. Without further ado, I would like to present to you, 12 architectural suggestions to make a space for innovation: […]

#uifresh Announcement March 23, 2015

Update on #uifresh here: For Immediate Release March 23, 2015 Media contact: Laurie Moore Communications Manager, Epicenter (650) 561-6113 University Innovation Fellows launch #uifresh campaign to attract and retain first-year students to STEM majors March 23, 2015 — Today, the University Innovation Fellows launched a campaign to expose all incoming freshmen at a […]

Empowering The Next Silicon Valley

For many of the fellows, the captain announcing the initial descent into San Francisco/San Jose was enough to get our hearts racing. A few weeks back, we had the opportunity to meet our peer Fellows from all around the country, and visit innovative places such as Google, Stanford d. School, and in our spare time, […]

We Really are Going to Change the World

  Alexandra Hamon is a Computer Science major at the University of Oklahoma. Alexandra is a passionate people person who is always excited to learn something new and inspire others to do the same. For her full bio, click here.       I graduated from high school with a Senior class of 83 people. […]