An invitation-only workshop was organized by the National Academy of Engineering on October 23, 2013 at the National Academies Building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. The workshop commenced with a dinner on October 22.

The workshop brought together key stakeholders for a dialog on educating to innovate. Four sectors: Large Businesses, Small Businesses, Academia, and K-12 educators were represented. The plenary presentations by Dr Holden Thorp, Provost of Washington University in St Louis (Oct 22 dinner) and Dr. C. Dan Mote, President of the NAE (Oct 23 morning) provided examples of how universities might think about organizing and delivering education for innovation.

The initial findings of the UIUC team’s research were shared. The sessions were structured to allow participants to delve deeper into the findings and address key complementary questions. The participants also shaped the next phase of this study that will focus on inculcating the results in U.S.-based students.

To summarize, the workshop objectives were to develop an understanding of:

  • Formal and informal environments that foster innovation
  • Skills and experiences that can increase one’s capacity for innovation
  • The steps toward enhancing K-20 education to prepare future innovators

More details on the agenda, participants list, etc. will be posted here later.

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