Monday, October 20, 2014

Student Inventors Participate in Program Kickoff

On Thursday, October 16th, the Chicago Student Invention Convention officially kicked off the year by co-hosting a Chicago Ideas Week Lab with the Chicago Inventors Organization at tech incubator BLUE1647.  

Craig Terrill, a Faculty Advisor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, focused on advancing the New Products Development Labs Program and coaching innovation teams, provided pitch coaching for participants. Participants then split into groups and developed pitch presentations for products from Quirky.com. Participants also got to visit the 3D printing lab housed at BLUE1647.  

Three 8th grade student inventors from last year's Invention Convention participated as guest judges during the event.

Congratulations to:
Jeffrey from Skinner West Elementary School
Lilly from Jose de Diego Community Academy
Susy from Irving Elementary School 

The students judged the participant product pitch presentations and gave some great feedback to the participant groups.  The participants were very impressed with all of the student inventors!  In addition, Ms. Prabhakar, an invention convention teacher at Andrew Jackson Language Academy, attended the lab as a participant.

Check out pictures below from this year's lab.  Thank you to the students and teachers that participated in our Chicago Ideas Week lab and helped us kick off the year!

Craig Terrill coaching participants on how to pitch a product to investors
Jeffrey, Susy, and Lilly at the Chicago Ideas Week Lab
Ms. Prabhakar's product pitch group giving a pitch for their product, the Twig 

Jeffrey, Lilly, and Susy providing feedback to a participant group pitching the Memo
Participants touring the 3D printing lab at BLUE1647
A robot printed in the 3D printing lab at BLUE1647
All the lab participants
To read more about the event, please read our press release: http://www.chikidsinvent.org/2014/10/2015-program-kickoff-with-chicago-ideas.html.

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