In April, the HP Catalyst Initiative issued a call for submission for 20 new organizations to join our network to explore new approaches to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The chosen education institutions would receive more than $150,000 (USD) in technology, cash, and professional services.
We received an overwhelming number of thought-provoking proposals, and today at the ISTE conference, the premier conference for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology in PK-12 and teacher education, we are announcing a sixth consortium and 21 additional organizations from 12 countries that are joining the network of leading institutions transforming STEM teaching and learning worldwide. The HP Catalyst research themes are The Multi-Versity, Pedagogy 3.0, Global Collaboratory, The New Learner, Measuring Learning, and the new STEM-preneur.
The STEM-preneur consortium will explore novel ways to combine STEM education with the skills and passion of entrepreneurship. A team of distinguished faculty from Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management (SEM) Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will be leading the HP Catalyst STEM-preneur consortium.
In addition, students from University of the People, the world’s first tuition-free, online academic institution, will work with the Catalyst network, through internships within the consortia on various projects across a number of education technology areas.
Together, the HP Catalyst consortia are focused on a range of issues, from teacher preparation and student-driven learning models to student assessment. Each group is tasked with investigating how emerging technologies can fuel learning experiences that inspire students and promote creative thinking, open-ended problem-solving and cross-cultural collaboration. Since its launch in 2010, HP has invested more than $10M across 15 countries through HP Catalyst initiative.
The consortia are expected to share the preliminary results of their research in September 2011. In the meantime, HP Catalyst insights are being made available in real-time via a new HP Catalyst “Hub” (catalyst.nmc.org) and via Twitter (#hpcatalyst).
We’d like to thank all HP Catalyst Initiative applicants for their proposals and commitment to enhancing STEM education. We look forward to sharing the exciting developments from this year’s participants.
HP continues to explore other opportunities to participate in education innovation. See our activities at the ISTE 2011 Conference and subscribe to our blog, “Teaching, Learning, and Technology” (www.hp.com/go/edublog).
For more information about the HP Catalyst initiative, please visit www.hp.com/go/hpcatalyst.