Education through Partnerships

Partnership Benefits Cincinnati Students

In February, Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE) and the scientific research company 3M announced a partnership directly benefiting 600 Cincinnati middle school students. The PIE team connected 3M Milford plant engineers to the students through a problem solving program aimed at giving the students experience in the scientific fields. The Northern Kentucky University took their educational experience one step further teaching the students coding and helping them apply their work in two mobile game applications, Fabric Bounce and Flappy Fabric, for Apple and Android devices. The hugely successful program is now being shared through PIE’s digital mediums with Ohio Representative Andy Brenner through the historic application program. A case study of the program is also being developed to share with schools across the nation for encouraging students to explore the Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) fields.

Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE)

Mary Welsh Schlueter, chief executive PIE, describes in the press release the importance of PIE’s various programs in lower income schools:

“Case-based learning is about experiences, defining, analyzing, researching, and giving a solution.”

PIE uses this “case base learning” to prepare students in both urban and rural regions for participation in the constantly evolving international economy. Facilitating these types of programs have benefited countless local students and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council (GCWAC)

The Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council (GCWAC) was honored to participate in a similarly benefiting partnership with PIE last year. Students from the Pleasant Ridge Montessori (PRM) created a case study of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and presented it to GCWAC visitors from the Brazilian Embassy’s Ministry of Culture. The students used Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) subjects to research & determine if Brazil would be ready to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The impact of the experience was profound for both the visitors and the students. GCWAC Director of Global Education Katie Krafka explains:

Not only did presenting to the visitors help bring the project to life for the students, it also shows how easy it is to incorporate global education into STEM learning!”

The Council would like to extend congratulations to the PIE, 3M, and NKU teams who have fostered a positive educational experience for so many Cincinnati students. GCWAC plans to continue partnering with organizations like PIE to enrich and connect the community on a global scale.

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Read the original Press Release.

Hannah McGahee, Social Media Intern


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