Winter Forum 2014

Rethink Education: The Innovation Challenge

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At Winter Forum, Students Are Education Entrepreneurs

DURHAM, NC - Twelve teams of Duke undergraduates competed in the wee hours Sunday and Monday crafting in 48 hours the best new ideas for improving science and math education in the United States and India.

Inspired by a roster of guest speakers that included two former NC governors, 2014 Winter Forum students at "Rethink Education: The Innovation Challenge" outlined visions for several education initiatives. The top prize went to a proposal for a new website devoted to information exchange and relationship-building between science students in the two countries.

Another winning idea outlined a bicycle repair program that uses bikes to illustrate basic principles of engineering and physics.

"My overarching goal for the students was to have an intense, interactive, collaborative, team problem-solving experience," said Leslie Babinski, lead organizer and a research scientist in Duke's Center for Child and Family Policy, host for the forum. "Judging from today's presentations, I'm so sure we achieved that.  They did an amazing job." 

Read the rest of this story on DukeToday Students and check out the additional media coverage from WUNC-FM/North Carolina Public Radio, The Durham Herald-Sun, WNCN, TWC News, and The Chronicle

The 2014 Winter Forum - Rethink Education: The Innovation Challenge - was hosted by the Center for Child and Family Policy and the Program in Education and held January 5 - 7, 2014. Students were able to complete an application to participate starting on August 26, 2013.  The due date for applications was September 27, 2013.