Spring 2019 Innovator Competition Winners Assist the Blind

October 11, 2019

Stria Labs of Hillsborough, California, took first-place and $1,500 in seed capital in the spring 2019 Innovator Competition.

105 high school students submitted business concepts from across the country, and 10 finalist teams were invited to pitch to the judges. A total of $3,500 in seed capital was awarded to five teams.

Noah Tavares, Madeline Park, and other team members earned top honors for their low-profile, smart-waistband designed to ensure that the visually impaired remain safe from collisions with high-speed traffic.

Other winners are:

STEM Innovator® Joining The Big Splash Festival

August 30, 2019

Artists and engineers are coming together to make waves at a festival celebrating the river that is such a large part of the University of Iowa and Iowa City communities.

The Big Splash!, scheduled for August 14-16, 2020,will commemorate the Iowa River, along with the 100th anniversary of IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering. Three days of events will take place along and on the Iowa River, and will be free to the public.

STEM Innovator® named one of ten STEM Scale-Up Programs for Iowa educators

January 16, 2019

STEM Innovator® was named one of ten STEM Scale-Up Programs for Iowa educators in the 2019 - 2020 academic year. Through legislative appropriation, the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council is able to offer exemplary STEM programs throughout the state.

$3,500 awarded in fall 2018 Innovator Competition

December 17, 2018

Unwind of San Mateo, California, took first-place and $1,500 in seed capital in the fall 2018 Innovator Competition.

95 high school students pitched 84 concepts from across the country, and 10 finalist teams were invited to pitch to the judges. A total of $3,500 in seed capital was awarded to five teams.

Katya Panchenko, Alice Enger, and Morgan Tarpenning earned top honors for their handheld device designed to alleviate stress and anxiety with a calming light and a pulse, mimicking a heartbeat. They are students at Nueva School.

Other winners are:

Summer 2018 entrepreneur camps are making memories

June 22, 2018

Time flies when you're having fun! The Jacobson Institute wrapped up another successful week of entrepreneur camp in June. Young entrepreneurs in the Iowa City area and Marion (see photo) had a great time creating, problem-solving and taking their products to local farmers markets. July camps in Iowa City and Des Moines started July 9. Highlights include a scavenger hunt, market night and special guest Paul Rottenberg of Zombie Burger at the Des Moines camp. The Jacobson Institute's summer entrepreneur camps are held annually for students in grades 5-9.

$3,250 awarded in spring 2018 Innovator Competition

June 11, 2018

Bert and Dom Innovations of Keokuk, Iowa, took first-place and $1,500 in seed capital in the spring 2018 Innovator Competition.

Some 100 teams of high school students from across the country applied for the spring competition, and 12 finalist teams were invited to pitch to the judges. A total of $3,250 in seed capital was awarded to four teams.

Britany Flockhart (pictured) and Dominic Moore earned top honors for their invention that helps hunters field-dress a deer. They are students at Keokuk High School.

Other winners are:

Buchanan earns STEM Innovator® certification

February 28, 2018

Jason Buchanan, Kenston Forest School director of technology, has become a STEM Innovator®Certified Teacher.  He successfully completed the STEM Innovator®teacher certification from the University of Iowa. Read more online.

Hawkeyes hit the capital

January 1, 2018

A sense of pride permeated a University of Iowa outreach event in the nation's capital in November. The event included a presidential reception and a Hawkeye Caucus for policymakers to learn about some of the UI's exceptional people and programs. Jacobson Institute Director Dawn Bowlus was there. Read more online.

UI-developed STEM curriculum to be used in national teaching event

October 2, 2017

A curriculum developed at the University of Iowa that teaches STEM concepts to high school students will be used during the Day of Design, a national STEM education program, held on Oct. 6. Read more online.