Allison Bischoff has Rozzy and Friends LLC (soon-to-be Rozzy Learning Company) is an education company developing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) curricula and self-published children’s picture books that teach children ages 2-8 about STEAM careers and topics. Currently, there are few science programs and children’s books that teach kids about scientific thinking and what STEAM professionals actually do. Most products on the market focus on a limited number of scientific topics, including nature and weather. However, our curricula and books are unique, as they use evidence-based methods to teach children about STEAM careers, scientific thinking, and STEAM tools. Our curricula and books maximize early learning by providing hands-on activities and authentic learning experiences based on real life scenarios encountered by professionals in STEAM fields. Our children’s books include the following features: interactive pages (children can use a magnifying glass to look in the book), ethnically diverse characters, strong female characters, and alignment with national and state standards.
Travis Bracht – STL CAPS provides juniors and seniors the opportunity to test-drive their future in high-skill, high-demand careers while embedded in a professional workplace for a year-long experience. The St. Louis Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (STL CAPS) is part of the national CAPS Network across 9 states and 33 school districts and is open to all junior and senior students in public, private, and charter high schools.
David Callahan has produce augmented reality flashcards for mobile devices that can be used in classrooms or at home. Our goal is to create educational apps that will be incorporated into the classroom\’s curriculum in a fun and engaging way through augmented reality or virtual reality. We would also like to produce kits that schools can rent or purchase. To check out our apps, visit our website at www.arflashcards.com
Ever-Appropriate Etiquette Institute (EAEI) is a leading consulting firm which provides Leadership Development Programming for youth and professionals in the areas of Dining Etiquette, Business Etiquette, Impression Management, The Art of Networking and Personal/Professional Branding. EAEI adds value by offering programming that develops and refines Soft Skills and Social Graces. Traditional rules of conduct are combined with cutting edge and modern practices of current society to provide a relevant curriculum. Mastery of core etiquette skills and development of civility in social settings are just the beginning of the benefits that our participants receive. Most importantly, they benefit from increased-self-esteem and self-confidence as they are now equipped with the social skills to navigate in the world in which we operate.
Kristy Jackson– GLAMM is a leadership and entrepreneurship program designed to engage girls across the world. Our GLAMM U. curriculum develops intellectual and social abilities. We believe that giving girls the chance to collaborate to discuss their challenges and formulate productive responses will cultivate a new generation of effective female leaders. GLAMM’s goal is to harvest the fuel that ignites girl power!
Nate Marschalk is from the Disruption Department which was awarded a $30,000 grant through the YouthBridge Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition hosted by the Skandalaris Center of Washington University for a program we developed called The MakerShare Initiative. We plan to create a physical library of cutting edge technology, design thinking tools, and maker ed materials which will be available to rent short-term. The ~1 week curriculum kit will be developed by an interdisciplinary team of educators and industry experts w/ relevant experience, and will include implementation training. By applying a sliding cost scale and leveraging resource sharing, we are able to provide these project kits to those students at limited resource schools and organizations at little to no cost, to be subsidized by schools and organizations that do not have limited financial resources. Because of our unique position as a nonprofit, The Disruption Department is able to buy pedagogically untested technology and tools, rapidly build curriculum, and into the classrooms of our students and teachers.
Dr. Raghib Muhammad
Dr. Raghib Muhammad is an educator, entrepreneur, and thinker. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University where he studied marketing. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration and Doctorate degree from Webster University. In the Ferguson-Florissant School District, he is a marketing teacher and Career & Technical Education (CTE) department chair at McCluer South-Berkeley High School, where he also serves as Varsity Boys Basketball Coach. In addition, he is the founder of Systems Teaching™, a framework that can help teachers become more effective in the classroom. He also serves as a founding member of the Ferguson Youth Advisory Board and volunteers with the Ferguson Youth Initiative (FYI).
Adam Wilson is National Company Relations Manager at LaunchCode and CEO and Co-founder of STEMHub. After teaching high school in St. Louis and Silicon Valley for 10 years, Adam saw first hand the barriers that students face when seeking access to STEM opportunities. STEMHub serves as a cost-free search engine for students, parents, and teachers, providing equal access to vetted K-12 STEM learning options that include mentoring, field trips, internships, camps, and school speakers. When he’s not hustling for LaunchCode or STEMHub, Adam spends time with his wife, Anita, and young son, Eli.
The M.A.D.E MOGULS Youth Program is a weekly 12 week program that consists of a series of informative exercises, guest speakers, presentations, and hands on activities. Our program uses fun and engaging tools such as sports and pop culture to teach students the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, and the basics of starting a business. The objective of this program is to provide a unique experience for youth to gain valuable hands-on experience in entrepreneurship, while building character and developing valuable transferable life skills.
Two Degrees connects teens to STEM professionals, opportunities and resources. We help students bridge the STEM gap by providing tools to identify and develop strengths, assistance with creating an actionable STEM plan, and connections to a network of STEM professional across the country. Bridge Coaches are professionals in STEM careers that provide informal guidance and support as students explore STEM opportunities.
EnTeam serves schools by providing educational games that build academic skills and improve the learning environment by measuring cooperative performance. Students learn how to study together and bring out the best in each other.
Bridgit2College turns college dreams into reality by bridging the gap between college acceptance and college attendance…college-intending students have 50-60 tasks to complete when transitioning from high school to college; Bridgit makes it easy to navigate this complex process by empowering students, counselors and adult influencers with research-based tools and resources.
Hundreds of K-12 schools across the country are battling accreditation problems, including 13 school districts in Missouri. Teachers in these schools don’t often get enough support or professional development. Sadly, only about 20% – 30% of students in these schools are proficient in reading. To address this literacy crisis, I am planning to create an online, self-paced course for teachers called, “Project-Based Learning for Struggling Readers.” The goal of my course is to help teachers learn how to implement Project-Based Learning through techniques that will specifically increase student achievement in reading. I want to show teachers how to improve reading performance by connecting students with real-life topics that promote self-directed learning, guided inquiry, and innovative technology. Ultimately, I want my course to help struggling schools avoid the nightmare of losing accreditation. This online course will help many struggling students and teachers along the path of lifelong literacy.