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Youth outreach

The Jacobson Institute’s STEM Innovator® was named a STEM Scale-Up Program for Iowa educators by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. 57 educators from 28 Iowa schools participated in professional development, beginning with a week on campus in July 2019. Throughout the school year, educators developed, refined and piloted their unique innovation learning models with students. STEM Innovator® students work alongside business and industry mentors to develop solutions to real-world problems. In the process, students gain critical workforce readiness skills setting them up to succeed as the next generation of Iowa innovators and entrepreneurs.

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2020 Impact

426

TEACHERS ACTIVELY ENGAGED FROM 33 STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY

35,000+

K-12 STUDENTS IMPACTED THROUGH JACOBSON INSTITUTE PROGRAMMING

Jacobson Institute

The Jacobson Institute was established in 2007 as a part of the University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. The Jacobson Institute engages K-12 students in innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship, giving them the tools needed to succeed, flourish, and to be workforce ready. Built on three key components: professional development for educators, innovative curricula, and ongoing support; the Jacobson Institute offers research-driven initiatives in which schools and communities can engage.

klinker

Founder, DJKSS Productions LLC | BizInnovator Student, Winooski, VT

“A little over a year ago, I created a video production company helping small businesses make high quality videos. I took an entrepreneurship class during high school and used the Jacobson Institute’s BizInnovator curriculum to help develop my concept. This spring, I competed in the Innovator Competition and won seed capital to support my business. I’m proud to be a 16-year-old entrepreneur and know that I will use these skills for the rest of my life.”

vanwyk

SparkTank Teacher | Ottumwa, IA

“STEM Innovator professional development helped take our program to the next level by giving us access to expertise, collaboration time, tools, and a workable framework. It encouraged our team to act like a startup, designing with our end users (students) in mind. I’m proud of the advances we made and excited to watch our students brainstorm, be innovative, be courageous, and be problem solvers. This is what value-added education looks like.”