Northwest Christian Private Schools Project Portfolio: 2013-2014
The current project portfolio of STEMbizkids.org is listed below. We are developing project charter documents that define the project scope of each project, identifies risks and mitigation measures, and establishes project budgets, timelines, project communication strategies, and all other essential project charter elements.
In addition, our goal is to secure local and national sponsors for each major project to help defray costs and also to help promote the business (or non-profit) of each selected sponsor. The students in our social media program will help promote and market our sponsors as one of their “hands on” learning social media projects.
The projects listed below are in the planning phase with the exception of robotics and the project management component. Robotics is currently being offered in the NCHS physics class. The new project management curriculum is scheduled for the pilot phase late this fall or early winter. Community Christian Academy (CCA) is implementing a basic robotic class in their 5th grade science class starting in January 2014. The other STEM projects listed in this section are scheduled for implementation as time and resources allow. We are taking a phased approach to STEM implementation using formal education portfolio management strategies.
Future projects include but are not limited to: how to develop, market, and sell software applications, business analysis strategies for STEM careers; the creation of a global idea index that identifies and offers solutions to some of the most challenging social problems that we face in today’s world; understanding the technology and science hype cycle–how to pick the right innovation at the right time; and the creation of a high school crowd funding site that enables high school students to present their business plans and ideas to interested parties for feedback so they can refine their ideas for possible future funding.
Project: Robotics Programs
Our high school regional science teacher of the year, Dr. Norm Nielsen, is teaching robotics in his physics class this year. We are also integrating a new robotics section into our 5th grade science class later this fall.
Project: Certified High School Project Manager
Creating a first ever Certified High School Project Managers Program will accelerate student success in College and the workplace. The project manager role is a mission critical component of world class STEM programs and is also an “in demand” career field.
We will work with interested National Project Management Certification Organizations to help create the first ever Certified High School Project Managers Program in the United States over the next 18 months.
Project: STEM Conferences on Northwest Christian Private Schools
STEM conferences on Northwest Christian Private Schools will provide access to cutting edge and relevant technologies. The conferences will also provide networking opportunities for students. We will also demonstrate the importance and our commitment to STEM topics by holding seminars and conferences on our campus that include cutting edge technologies that are ready for prime time. One goal of the conferences is to highlight visionary, hopeful, exciting, and meaningful ideas and solutions to pressing local and global issues. As a networking forum, the student conferences also allow participants to contact and network with STEM project leaders who are committed to innovation and best practice strategies.
Project: Certified Social Media Programs for Teens
Social media is a mission critical marketing and outreach component in today’s business, non-profit, and corporate world. We teach students the essentials and best practices of social media to prepare them for college and the workplace. We will also begin to work with national organizations to develop first ever social media programs for teens or develop our own certification program. In addition, we will show students how to create niche markets, and “first ever” meaningful product and service categories. The evidenced based benefits of being “first ” in the marketplace with a meaningful difference is rarely taught at the high school level. We intend to change this educational philosophy by bringing in guest speakers who have actually created successful niche products or services in the marketplace.
Project: Business Process Reengineering for High School Students
“Teams rarely make innovative breakthroughs by trying to fix existing models. To transform something, we must build new models that make existing models obsolete.”
Business process reengineering is used in science, technology, engineering, and math careers. It is a “generalist” subject that is applicable to all industries but fits especially well with STEM careers. Business process reengineering is also closely aligned with “design science” principles. By learning how to reengineer a process, new innovations are identified and breakthrough thinking occurs. Some people call business process reengineering the “engine” of innovation. Our students will learn best practices in this very important STEM area. Learning how to build and design innovative processes and systems will pay dividends to our students and those they serve for years to come.
Project: Global Finance Strategies for STEM projects
Financing helps make the economic world go around—venture capital, angel investing, accredited investing, crowdfund investing, and other 21st century business funding options are critical in today’s business world. However, few students are ever exposed to these subjects in traditional school settings. We will take an age appropriate look at funding options for STEM businesses in the global marketplace and demystify all of the financial buzzwords along the way. In addition, each student will set up their own personal finance and investment plan to learn the value of best practice investing, funding, and finance on a personal level. Students will also learn the key financial and emotional differences of working as an employee, being self-employed, owning a business, and becoming an investor.
Teaching best practice financial principles in the STEM curriculum allows students to go for their dreams at an earlier age and provides a solid financial foundation for other parts of each student’s life.