EdgeMakers and STEM Learning Lab Announce Merger
Together, EdgeMakers and STEM Learning Lab will empower teachers and learners to become changemakers through STEM 2.0―the combination of high-quality STEM programs with a groundbreaking innovative thinking curriculum.
EdgeMakers is creating a movement that empowers both teachers and students to self-identify as creators and changemakers. Building on the momentum of STEM, the learning environments and programs of STEM Learning Lab are now coupled with the innovative thinking curriculum necessary to create “STEM 2.0”―STEM with a purpose.
Innovative Thinking Curriculum:
EdgeMakers offers the only practice-based and purpose-driven curriculum to deliver an authoritative, integrated approach to teaching the how-to of innovative thinking and entrepreneurship.
EdgeMakers fosters the development of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication combined with the technical skills that will be needed in a future driven by the speed of innovation.
EdgeMakers provides students and teachers with equitable access to the leading learning experience, worldwide, that helps young people develop each of the skills, competencies and mindsets necessary to be creative catalysts of change.
The future demands students who are not only employable according to the evolving demands of the global economy, but are also skilled, passionate changemakers. The combination of STEM with innovative thinking ensures that all learners can access a comprehensive education including the technical proficiencies, soft skills and entrepreneurial mindset to solve the world’s wicked problems and drive cultural and socioeconomic change.
Meet The Creators
Dr. John Kao
Kao, known as “Mr. Creativity,” has spent the better part of 30 years creating compelling learning experiences for emerging innovators and entrepreneurs. He launched his innovative thinking curriculum during a 15-year tenure as a professor at Harvard Business School and also taught innovation at MIT and Stanford University. John is the Global Innovation Advisor to the World Economic Forum (WEF), past Chairman of the WEF’s Global Advisory Council on Innovation and an advisor to countries on innovation policy.
Dr. Gina Cherkowski
Gina Cherkowski has extensive experience in teaching and learning as a remediation specialist, a classroom teacher, and a university professor. She is an acclaimed developer of STEM learning programs, an advocate for social justice through education, and a longtime believer in the power of creativity and entrepreneurship. Gina has developed programs for teachers and students that advance her mission to ensure all students have access to high-quality STEM learning experiences and prepare them for our technology-driven, dynamic world.
The STEM 2.0 Movement
Our human-centered STEM 2.0 is STEM with a purpose. Some of the key tenets of EdgeMakers programs include:
- A comprehensive education that rethinks the question, “What does it mean to be employable in the 21st century?”
- A complete innovative thinking framework that includes creativity, storytelling, design, collaboration and entrepreneurship.
- The integration of social-emotional learning (SEL)―the necessary “soft skills”―with the technical STEM skills required for success.
- The combination of STEM skills with entrepreneurship and purpose, drives learners toward meaningful changemaking and enables them to innovate beyond barriers in traditional STEM pathways.
EdgeMakers will have headquarters in both San Francisco and Calgary.
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