Members Develop Programs to Educate NWI Students

ioMany of the 2017 Members of The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana focus on developing programs and projects to teach the young around the region. A few of these innovators include:

Bead Town- Over the past several years, artist Stephan Wanger has worked with Gary students of all ages to create colorful works of art out of recycled Mardi Gras beads. Students use hands-on application to measure and glue their art together. The project provides a sense of togetherness and improves the quality of life for the kids, in addition to giving them a safe place to learn and have fun.

Porter County Career and Technical Education program- This program is put on by the Porter County Career and Technical Center. It offers high school juniors and seniors in Porter County schools the opportunity to receive education and training in a variety of careers and fields. This helps to prepare the students for college or the workforce. Some students will complete the program having earned a certificate in the field.

Mark Mabrito, Ph.D.- Mark introduced a groundbreaking Online Certificate in Writing for Interactive Media course for students at Purdue University Northwest. Students learn the basics of writing and editing online content and how to think and design interactively. Recently Mark has included teaching students about games for teaching and learning. He is already envisioning incorporating virtual reality.

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