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Our Approach

After launching in the spring of 2013 at the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)2, Startup Middle School is now an award-winning full year curriculum garnering more and more partners each day. The Innovation and Computer Science curriculum has several components:

History & Knowledge of the Innovation Economy:

Teaching the “why” with a series of interventions and events involving disruptive innovation and global collaboration throughout the year!
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Project and Competition-based Learning

Creating innovation concepts to address real-world community issues. The students craft concepts to solve Grand Challenges to prove that underserved youth know how to solve the issues plaguing their communities.
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Mentorship

Reinforcing the academic learning and making careers and business opportunities in the Innovation Economy more tangible.
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Core Skills in Technology and Innovation

Building the concepts with technology and disruptive innovation tools and interdisciplinary modules with key academic areas such as English Language Arts and Foreign Languages.
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Capstone Portfolio

Summarizing the year’s work with an entrepreneur business pitch to an audience of professionals, civic leaders, and high school and college recruiters.
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The mobile technology training at Startup Middle School is made possible by a local African-American owned mobile solutions company, Clearly Innovative, whose leadership has made the launch of the program possible.