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In the summer of 2013, I helped the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation spearhead a project that aimed to answer the question, "What makes Millennials tick?" Our goal was to implement a design-think perspective to discover what contributes to the healt

In the summer of 2013, I helped the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation spearhead a project that aimed to answer the question, "What makes Millennials tick?" Our goal was to implement a design-think perspective to discover what contributes to the healt

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Gabe commented on Preflight: Real-world challenges in the classroom

I think a great idea of scaling this idea would be to encourage more entrepreneurs-in-residence and adjunct professors/teachers to educate at the high school level. More often than not, many of these entrepreneurs serve as members of certain boards and coalitions, so to create a two-way street in which (1) work/projects can be brought to students and (2) students can provide input/insight/completed-projects to businesses would be beneficial to both parties involved

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Gabe commented on Preflight: Real-world challenges in the classroom

Hey Gavin,

The classes in which we consulted for real-life organizations were all through one professor at my college, and they were my favorite classes that I took while in undergrad. In one of my marketing classes with her, I was on a team of 3 other students that consulted for a local arts guild non-profit, and we designed and implemented a new strategic marketing plan. In another class I had with her, I consulted on a team with 3 others to write a grant that obtained funding for a cultural immersions educational program between school districts in the Midwest and at-risk youth in Afghanistan. In another class, we were to implement and innovate a social media campaign for a non-profit (mine was the local area united way).

Many of the organizations we worked with were non-profits, which i think was for two reasons: (1) they needed strategic advisement and (2) they were open to collaborating with and receiving advice from "amateurs."

I would be humbled and excited to be on your team. I like your vision and initiative, and I think you'd be a great person to collaborate with!

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Gabe commented on Preflight: Real-world challenges in the classroom

Gavin,

I love this idea. The college classes in which I learned the most were the ones in which we teamed up with real-life organizations to consult solutions for their problems. Most importantly, it engaged us and gave our learning purpose. It allowed us to learn through application, and managerial concepts we learned in class were more than just theories in our textbooks: they were analytic tools we actually used. I think that exposing high school students to businesses as you propose is a wonderful idea, and will ease the transition of settling on a major once students are in college. All too often I've seen students/friends/colleagues graduate with a major they weren't quite interested in because they were already too invested in it, so if their passions/interests can be earlier aligned in high school, some cool doors of opportunity will open up in their post-secondary education. It makes me wonder if there are potential opportunities of collaboration between high schoolers and college students with internships, so that high school students will have a hands-on shadowing experience at a firm they may be curious in via someone else who is relatively close in age with them (the college students)?