The CCEW program of the University of Oklahoma is presenting their projects on November 25th, 2014, in Norman, Oklahoma.

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The CCEW internship program is coming to an end, and techJOYnT's team is ready to present their final recommendations on November 25th, 2014.

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“Many of the 120,000 STEM job openings in the US will go unfilled because students are not exposed to the STEM fields early enough in their education”Meghan Saunders, team leader

The Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW) is an economic development organization at the University of Oklahoma that provides innovative programs to develop interdisciplinary entrepreneurial talent in Oklahoma. CCEW is working with techJOYnT through the Social Entrepreneurship Internship designed for high-achieving students at the University of Oklahoma. techJOYnT is an after-school Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics academy which teaches kids in Kindergarten through 12th grade game design, electronics, app development, and robotics. techJOYnT can provide hands-on, high-tech STEM education opportunities to more than 20,000 K-12 students in the next five years with an expansion strategy developed by a team from the University of Oklahoma’s Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW).

This semester, the CCEW team has created a plan to optimize the delivery of techJOYnT’s classes by designing an all-mobile STEM education package and developed unique curriculum recommendations to highlight techJOYnT’s value of goal-driven education facilitated by hands-on activity and STEM professionals.

“Many of the 120,000 STEM job openings in the US will go unfilled because students are not exposed to the STEM fields early enough in their education,” said Meghan Saunders, an OU Public Affairs and Administration major and the project’s Team Leader. “TechJOYnT can change that trend, and the expansion plan the CCEW team has created is a first step in redirecting the course of STEM education in the US.”

The CCEW team has conducted hands-on market and business development research to maximize techJOYnT’s potential impact. Allen Yen, a Chemical Engineering major, has interviewed almost two dozen superintendents and principals and determined that techJOYnT’s high-quality, hands-on STEM curriculum is in demand in our nation’s schools. Mckenna Beard, a Mechanical Engineering major, maximized techJOYnT’s value proposition in the market through a leveled curriculum designed to let students learn marketable STEM skills over the course of their K-12 education. Julia Wynn and Jake DiNucci, both students in OU’s Price College of Business, have extensively analyzed techJOYnT’s current business model and identified that an all-mobile, franchised delivery will allow the company to grow rapidly and impact the lives of thousands of students in the process. The team will deliver implementation recommendations to techJOYnT that will enable to the company to realize their potential in Oklahoma and beyond.

Presentation of the final recommendations of the Fall 2014 CCEW Intern Teams, including Team techJOYnT, will be on November 25 at 6PM at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma. RSVPs can be sent via email to ccew@ou.edu.

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