Unleashing Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship

As educators, it is our responsibility to equip learners with the knowledge and 21st century skills needed to succeed beyond the classroom.

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Time: 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific time

Length: 1 hour

The Conrad Design Method (CDM), inspired by Google Ventures Design Sprint, is a structured five-phase collaboration framework for teachers and student teams to understand and accomplish innovative and entrepreneurial solutions. Step by step, teams will identify and understand a problem, sketch solutions, prototype and validate.

As educators, it is our responsibility to equip learners with the knowledge and 21st century skills needed to succeed beyond the classroom. The CDM is designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurship and help students think about the work in new ways. This innovation truly comes to life in the Conrad Challenge, a global competition where teams of 2-5 students ages 13-18 work with an educator coach to develop commercially-viable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.

In this webinar, Claude Charron, the Conrad Foundation’s Director of Education and Professional Development, will walk you through the Conrad Design Method and help you understand its benefits to students, teachers, STEM coaches, and subject matter experts. Questions addressed in the webinar include:

  • How can students, teachers, and STEM coaches leverage the CDM?
  • How can you lead students through the innovation process using expert project management techniques that build toward success?
  • What are some successful projects that serve as exemplars of the CDM?
  • How can students and educators get involved?

Register for this webinar to learn a new method for teaching students to collaborate and innovate, and find out how to lead a student team to success in the 2019-20 Conrad Challenge!

About the 2019-20 Conrad Challenge

The Conrad Challenge is the leader in connecting students and mentors to collaboratively develop solutions to society’s current and future challenges, on Earth and beyond. The competition promotes collaborative, student-centered, real world-relevant learning that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship, unleashing students’ potential to create future-defining solutions and a sustainable society for generations to come. Learn more at www.conradchallenge.org.

2019-20 Challenge Categories:

  • Aerospace & Aviation
  • Cyber-Technology & Security
  • Energy & Environment
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Special Category: Smoke Free World, sponsored by Foundation for a Smoke Free World
  • Special Category: Transforming Education Through Technology, sponsored by SMART Technologies

Connect:

Twitter: @ConradChallenge

Facebook: facebook.com/ConradChallenge

About Claude Charron

Claude joined the Conrad Foundation in 2017 as Director of Education and Professional Development. His role with the Conrad Challenge over the years has been inspirational, so his role was expanded for the 2017-2018 challenge year. Claude created The Conrad Design Method, a collaboration framework for teachers and student teams to understand and accomplish innovative and entrepreneurial solutions. Claude serves as the engineering, computer science and biomedical science Department Chair at Gulliver Preparatory and has been honored with the 2010 MIT Inspirational Teacher Award, 2013 Nancy Conrad Teacher Innovator of the Year and the 2014 PLTW-Kern National Teacher of the Year.