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Innovation and Economic Development

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Middle School Innovator's Academy

The Middle School Innovator’s Academy is a  two-week, team-based education workshop for sixth and seventh grade innovators from Pitt and Wake County Public Schools. Participants are specially selected for the program, which is taught by ECU and NCSU faculty, undergraduate and graduate students. Participants learn creative ideation skills, practical sketching techniques, 2-D and 3-Ddigital imaging essentials, physical model building strategies and presentation skills. The students present their creative innovations at the graduation ceremony. The courses take place in ECU’s state-of-the-art Innovation Design Lab and NCSU's extension facility. The Academy was developed and taught by Wayne Godwin, ECU School of Art and Design, Director of the Innovation Lab and Percy Hooper, NCSU School of Design, Coordinator for the Product Development and Entrepreneurship Initiative.

The Middle School Innovator’s Academy is a national winner of the University Economic Developer Association award for Talent Development.
For more information, contact:
Wayne Godwin, Director


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