It’s been an innovative few months as the first semester of our Inventionland Institute curriculum has continued to gather STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) across the Pittsburgh region. On Tuesday, May 19th, that STEAM overflowed at Inventionland, when a group of tomorrow’s leaders from The Kiski School culminated their semester by presenting their final products to a board of experts.
Those expert judges included Inventionland founder and CEO, Mr. George Davison, Managing Director of Draper Triangle Ventures Mr. D. Thompson Jones, CEO of Impact Games Kristofer Rockwell and Inventionland Executive Director of Design Nathan Field.
In total, five teams of The Kiski School students presented products that solved everyday problems that they had previously identified in varying aspects of life. Some student groups focused their innovative ideas on finding Better Ways to do everyday things in the classroom and kitchen. Other groups saw a need for solving problems while eating, shoveling snow or cleaning glass.
During their final presentations at Inventionland, the five student groups, who have been busily working on their products since January, gave 5-10 minute product pitches where they answered questions and debuted infomercials they had created to promote their new product ideas.
After following the Inventionland Institute’s 9-step method for taking an idea and turning it into a working product sample that is ready to be presented to a corporation or manufacturer, some of the students even received order requests for the products they invented!
With their May 19th panel presentations at Pittsburgh’s Inventionland, The Kiski School Inventionland Institute students have become the first group to complete the innovative curriculum; but, if their success is any indicator of what’s to come, we’ll be seeing new product ideas coming from this course long into the future!
Students from the DuBois Business College will be the next group to culminate their first semester with the Inventionland Institute curriculum when they present their final products at Inventionland in the coming weeks. Check back for full details on their new product development success!