Minutes 10/2/13

Today we had an interest meeting to bring in new members to InnovateEDU. We shared the goals of our organization and described our current projects: The Fair, UBTS workshops, and PS 101.

We then asked new members what they’re interested in and why they came here:

  • Wanted to get involved with educational policy
  • Help expand the use of flipped classrooms
  • Help set up programs that would captivate interest for middle or high schoolers
  • Frustration with their own secondary and tertiary education
New project ideas suggested:
  • Encouraging expansion of flipped classrooms
  • Research Virginia gubernatorial candidates views on education and inform students about them
  • Teaching kids about exploring current events/politics, getting the full story and various viewpoints, how to determine biases
  • Taking high-schoolers on an on-school-grounds nature field trip

We’ll be meeting next week, October 15th, to discuss these new ideas and our current projects!


Minutes 09/10/13

During our first general meeting of the year (!!!), we brought ourselves up to date on our two major projects, the Undergraduate Opportunities Fair and PS 101, considered our meeting schedule, and discussed recruitment.

Our next meeting will be in two weeks, the 24th, in (hopefully) Torgerson room 1120 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Torg 1120 is an awesome room! All of the furniture is vibrantly colorful and wheeled, its walls are literally whiteboards, and it has four projectors and a huge smart board. These come together to provide a fantastic atmosphere for discussion and brainstorming. Come check it out, if only to see the future of classrooms.

We then dedicated the rest of the evening to determining how to increase our roster. We will be focusing primarily on adverts in listservs, distributing flyers to RAs, and contacting other education-related student organizations. We are looking to bring our numbers up within the coming month.

If you were not at the meeting but would like to join us to work on recruitment and advertisements or The Fair, just shoot me an email! We’re in need of some help.


Have a great day y’all,


Virginia Tech’s First Undergraduate Opportunities Fair

With course request a little over a month away, our preparations for Virginia Tech’s first Undergraduate Opportunities Fair have been getting into full swing. The Undergraduate Opportunities Fair will showcase some of the wide variety of programs and opportunities that Virginia Tech has to offer its undergraduates. Details have been quickly coming together since we decided over the summer that holding this Fair during Course Request would be ideal since students are actively considering their academic and career plans during this time. We’ve spent the past 1.5 months working on key details such as time, location, how the event will be organized, and what kind of opportunities and programs that we want to be highlighted in the Fair.

The Fair will be located on the east side of the Drillfield (the half that’s closer to the library and Squires). This puts the Undergraduate Opportunities Fair right in the middle of traffic to and from classes, maximizing the number of students that can learn more about the programs being showcased. The Fair and displays will be tailored to students who may be between classes and only have a few minutes to browse the displays. In the afternoon, there will be interest and information sessions for students to learn more about specific programs.

Delving through the webpages of Colleges and Departments for opportunities we felt were appropriate confirmed our concern that many opportunities are difficult to initially discover and do not have much information on the web. This is one way in which The Fair can be a key resource to students, especially those that might be interested in involving themselves outside of their field of choice. It took hours to learn what programs exist, what they are, who to contact, and how they could be involved. With the Fair we can connect these programs directly to students that might be interested in them.

We’re excited to see the first few organizations sign up to participate in the Fair and we look forward to see what participants like InnovationSpace, Scieneering, and the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials bring to The Fair!

Learn more about the event here:


A sound strategy to create and implement ProDUCE VT & PS 101

Cassidy Grubbs & I met early today to discuss our vision and strategy to develop PS 101 and ProDUCE VT. We’ve laid a broad outline, spanning from now to late Spring semester of 2014, covering our intentions for ProDUCE VT and PS 101. Our portfolio progresses from research and development to the implementation and distribution of a product we believe will be extremely beneficial to students and the university.

Summer ’13:

  • Thorough review of literature and anecdotal evidence on (Group) Problem Based Learning
  • Examine existing programs/case studies
  • Identify the process to push for a pilot ProDUCE VT
  • PS 101 – Develop a concrete structure and begin creating daily plans + materials

Fall ’13

  • Continue to develop the curriculum/lesson plans for PS 101
  • Start the push for a ProDUCE VT pilot
  • Observe (G)PBL in action; both how it can be facilitated and how participants navigate the challenges
  • Present progress, become activists for ProDUCE VT/PS 101

Spring ’13

  • Teach PS 101
  • Continue pushing for a ProDUCE VT pilot.
  • Present at our SemiConfoSium

Minutes 05/01/13

Fairly big meeting this week! Overview, commence!

1. Discussed and declared Summer-time executive positions. Positions will be reassessed again during the coming Fall semester. We decided a Secretary was unnecessary over the break.

  • President: Jonathan Krone
  • Treasurer: John Morelock
  • Marketing: Cassidy Grubbs

2. Recruitment is a top priority over the Summer and Fall semester. We need additional members to best provide our current programs. We discussed avenues for recruitment such as:

  • GobblerFest
  • HRC Exchange
  • Listservs such as EDCI and University Honors
  • Education-oriented student organizations

3. We discussed objectives to be met over the Summer. Most objectives are associated with projects currently in development such as the planning of PS 101 and the solidification of lesson plans for our participation with Upward Bound & Talent Search.

  • UB&TS – solid lesson plans including physical and presentation materials
  • Semiconfusorium event planning
  • PS 101
  • Persistent updates – Consistent progress reports to keep everyone informed
  • GobblerConnect
  • Google Blogger – Check out this service as a potential blog platform.

Minutes 04/17/13

1. Discussed roles needed for next year:


    • Coordinate meetings (setting agendas; securing room)
    • ImportantEmails
    • Go-to person
    • Coordinate internal groups


    • Accounting
    • Funding proposals (actively look for funding opportunities; manage internal funding requests)


    • Webmaster
    • Calendar/scheduling


    • Advertise & promote club and club events

Think about whether you can fulfill these roles and we’ll discuss who should assume which role next time!

2. Discussed seminar/conference possibilities.  If we want it to be in the fall, planning must start now and be finished by mid summer.  If we want it to be next spring, planning must by finished by the fall.

3. Created a shared Google Calendar

For next meeting:

  • Discuss positions for next year
  • Reemphasize more group members

Outreach Project: Workshops for Upward Bound & Talent Search

Goals for Spring 2013

We are welcome to hold one 35-40 min workshop per Upward Bound & Talent Search tutorial next Fall.  They have three tutorials next fall, which means there are 3 workshops in which we can create.  These workshops are a way to connect with high school students with interesting topics and experiences that we have encountered as undergraduate students.  We strive to inspire these students to be thoughtful about their education in these workshops.  This is our chance to get creative and test out our innovative ideas and strategies for education.

OBJECTIVE: Come up with a 35-40 min workshop for next semester on a topic of your choice.  We will then present these ideas to the director of Upward Bound for her final decision.  These workshops can be done alone or in teams.  You are welcome to enlist friends and faculty to assist.

A tentative schedule follows for progress in this project:

  • Have a chosen topic by Wednesday, April 17, 2013
  • Have a detailed plan for the workshop by Thursday, April 25th, 2013
  • Have a plan for how to obtain all materials/people needed for the workshop by Wednesday, May 2nd, 2013
  • Have a finished short summary of the workshop by Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
  • Meeting with Upward Bound & Talent Search on Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Meetings for this specific project will be every other Thursday at 8pm (meetings are indicated above).