Summer 2021 Innovation U. Workshop
This summer we had 14 students in three groups working on the following problems:
- How to help prepare young adults for life’s challenges
- How to provide relief cooling for people and animals in danger of heat stroke
- How to increase success in online courses
Using the i3 methods, groups explored these problems with empathy and designed solutions. In addition to doing the work of innovation, we were all inspired by a lineup of guest speakers including City Councilman Chris Ricci and founder of the Shower and Laundry Shuttle, Dean Dodd. We also had a guest appearance by a Starship grocery delivery bot.
Spring 2022 Innovation U. and Innovate to Elevate
Jeremy and Debbie will teach a spring Innovation U. workshop. Find the application with a 12/15 deadline linked above. Student groups will then apply to present their idea for community improvement at Innovate to Elevate, a crowdfunding dinner in April. In addition to student presentations, the event will showcase MJC stories of innovation and entrepreneurship. If you have an idea for community improvement or have students with innovative projects, please be in touch for details.
Innovate to Elevate is one in a series of events to celebrate MJC’s centennial and 100 years of innovation. These events will be brought to you by a team or organizers including Dejeune Shelton, director of Career Services, Ruth Luman of the English Language Program, and several community partners.
WKFSK300, Innovative Problem Solving
Another project we have been working on is a brand new i3 course, the first of its kind in the California Community College system. It’s in workforce development and called WKFSK300 (see description below). It’s in the pipeline and will arrive in committee in January. WKFSK300 description: Participating students will explore problems in the
community, develop a language and skill set to enable problem solving in the innovation and design arenas, and develop a solution idea in the form of an inspirational prototype which will all be documented in an invention notebook. They will activate empathy every step of the way as a strategic critical thinking move to understand the stakeholder’s perspective. Students will practice job skills including teamwork, user discovery, data synthesis, managing uncertainty, testing, failing forward, and iteration. They will be introduced to multiple academic disciplines and learn the value of working on an interdisciplinary team when solving unique community challenges.
i3 and ACCT
With the support of President Bandyopadhyay, i3 is joining together with the new teaching and learning center known as ACCT for Applied Creativity and Community Transformation. More to follow on this front.