In 2009 the McKay School awarded $7,000 in prize money to students who created innovative solutions to challenges in education. This year the prizes have doubled: $15,000 is being awarded in the second annual Innovative Instruction Competition, a contest designed to encourage students to explore new ways to learn and teach.
Have you looked at the website and still have questions? There will be an informational meeting—and pizza—on Tuesday, January 11th from 11am to 12 noon in 185 MCKB. All interested students are encouraged to attend.
Charles Graham, associate dean in the McKay School and one of the leaders of the IIC says, “This competition is a great opportunity for our students to apply the knowledge and skills that they are developing in their coursework.” Participants are encouraged to think outside the box for their ideas; the goal of the competition is to prepare contestants be a part of advancing and improving education.
"This competition is a great opportunity for our students to apply the knowledge and skills that they are developing in their coursework."
Two challenges are available as options for IIC contestants, who will enter in teams of 2-5 students, at least one of whom must be an education major.
- The Teaching Challenge submission, which is limited to undergraduates, must address an important K-12 educational need of the team’s choice through technology.
- The Data Challenge, open to both graduates and undergraduates, requires the team to collect data that can be used to improve teaching and then create a mock-up tool to give their data a visual representation.
The deadline for registration is February 18, 2011, with final entries due March 18, 2011.
Contest finalists will be announced March 25th, with winners being announced on March 31st. All winners will be asked to display their entries at the McKay School Mentored Research Conference scheduled for April 5th.