When the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) ran a story about the Open Minds competition at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) on its website for the "Success Starts Here" campaign, they noticed something special.
The story explained how groups of PWHS students work together with mentors from LaSalle University to develop and present action plans for addressing the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals in a competitive format -- and the PSBA wanted to hear more.
PSBA's Nathan Mains interviewed PWHS Library Media Specialist Sara Frey and PWHS sophomore Jena Lui for Keystone Education Radio, a podcast that highlights current issues and best practices affecting education across the state.
Mains was interested in learning about the "Shark Tank" approach to the Open Minds competition and what was involved in teaching students the "innovation life cycle."
"The innovation life cycle builds off of the engineering design process," explained Mrs. Frey as part of the show. "Where we think of the engineering design process focusing solely on the product or the prototype, the innovation life cycle really requires students to think as an entrepreneur and consider things like their target market, the competition they may have, and the cost/benefit of their ideas and products."
Open Minds spring competition begins April 18
The podcast posted April 7 -- just in time to help spark the interest of PWHS students who might be interested in taking part in the spring Open Minds competition. Daily Challenges to promote the competition will begin during I-Block on Tuesday, April 18 in the PWHS Library. The competition officially starts on April 24.
Click here to listen to the podcast. The Open Minds interview begins around eight minute and 40 seconds.
Would you like to learn more about the Open Minds competition? Click here to watch a video.
For more public school success stories (including more stories from Colonial), visit the Success Starts Here website by clicking here.