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Get Your Research Article Published!

Description: Emerging Innovators Research Program focuses on equipping High School students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop and design Human-Centric Solutions and write their conceptual scientific solutions in the form of a university level Research Article.

Students learn how to find new ideas and strategies in science and engineering, and apply those discoveries to solve real-world problems. Currently, science is taught through textbooks where past discoveries are documented and students learn those facts. Their creativity is limited to only applying those facts and testing it. Overtime, this way of teaching science and engineering diminished the importance of theoretical discoveries.

Industries have noted this gap and are now adopting this new way of discovery. Universities are now starting to offer post-graduate specializations utilizing these areas. In the industry this is called as the 2030 methodology, and most of the transformational innovations coming out in the next decade will be adopting it.

Children’s Innovation Center, in Newark CA, has created a unique curriculum to bring this trending opportunity now to our high-school students.


  • Students must be willing to explore new topics and widen their knowledge.
  • Students MUST participate in all activities, have sincere interest in learning.
  • Students must be reading and writing at High school level.
  • Have aspiration to bring positive changes to humanity and/or this planet.

NOTE: This program is not for students with special needs.

Timeframe & Fees: 

  • Summer Session:  4 weeks full-day camps, Mon to Fri from 9 AM to 3 PM. 
  • School Year - 2 Semester Program: Students will meet once per week for 3 hours after-school. 26 weeks x 3 hours (Two semesters)= 78 instructor-led class hours
  • Tuition Fees: $1950 per student 
  • No Homework. All work will be done in the class (this applies to only in-person class)

Instructor & Mentor: 

Shanti Balaraman who will be teaching and mentoring this program has more that 20+ years corporate experience. She's a pioneer in nature-inspired innovations and has been involved in human-centric solutions and the whole system design thinking for more than a decade. Shanti wrote this interdisciplinary curriculum and is also teaching students. Over the years, she has taught professionals on innovation methodologies and as a parent was very keen since then to bring this knowledge to children.   


  • Students learn and practice "Whole System Design Thinking" which is a skill that could be mentioned in the resume
  • The Published Research Article could also be mentioned under “Publications” section of the resume
  • Students Research Work/Article could be used for High-School Senior Research/Capstone Project.
    • In-person classes could be used towards the CAS project for IB curriculum.
    • The article could be used for Extended Essay requirement for IB graduation.
  • The Published Research Article could be mentioned in the college applications e, as it adds weight for Science, Engineering, and Business majors
  • The Instructor, who is also a Research mentor, could give additional letter of recommendation in the college application.
  • Students could present their research work at various conferences and events.
  • Students could take their newly acquired knowledge to next steps, and compete in any science or design competitions such as the Biomimicry National Youth Design Challenge
  • Builds various soft skills as students go through this program

Depending on the colleges and based on their supplementary questions in the application, student's research and experience could be mentioned as a response to several types of questions, as it helps to highlight student's out-of-the-box thinking, intellectual curiosity to learn outside of school curriculum, demonstrates passion and ability to solve real-life problems.


Individual Author Research Article Publishing Opportunity

(Colleges prefer to see research publication when the student is the primary author)


Looking for ONLINE research program?

1:1 online program - can be started any time of the year.- For 9th to 12th graders

Duration is 8 to 10 weeks and is scheduled based on both student and instructor schedule mutual convenience.


Check out the 2 Semester Research Program Weekly Curriculum

Register for 2 Semester 2021-2022 Research Program

Fridays - 4 PM to 7 PM - Aug 27, 2021 to April 08, 2022

(OR) Saturdays - 2 PM to 5 PM - Aug 28, 2021 to April 09, 2022

(Each Semester is 13 weeks - Total 26 weeks)

Installment Payment Option - 2 Semester 2021-2022 Research Program

Fridays - 4 PM to 7 PM - Aug 27, 2021 to April 08, 2022  (OR) Saturdays - 2 PM to 5 PM - Aug 28, 2021 to April 09, 2022

  • Deposit Mandatory during registration = $500
  • 1st Installment must be paid before the start of first class = $500
  • 2nd Installment must be paid on or before October 05, 2021 = $500
  • Final, 3rd installment must be paid on or before November 05, 2021 = $500

Emerging Innovators Research Publication - Online Science Journal

High School Students Research Articles reviewed by professionals (not peer reviewed) and then published.

This is the only science journal focused on human-centric solutions, which requires interdisciplinary knowledge application and requires students to use "Design Thinking" or "Whole-System Design Thinking" process.

Students and Parents testimonials for the High School Research Program - Learn about their experiences, skills developed, & their knowledge transformation.


Resources for younger kids

Geckboy - The Battle of Fracking

A science fiction based on biomimicry. Read science facts at the end of story.


Pavan Raj Gowda with Dr. Janine Benyus, Founder of Biomimicry


News Article published in Germany’s Deutsche Welle.

(DW is kind of like a German version of NPR. People all over the world read their articles and listen to their radio pieces.)

Read online review: http://www.dw.de/there-will-be-fracking-at-least-in-the-arts/a-16473762

GeckoBoy – The Battle of Fracking – book appeared in the amazon’s bestseller Top 100 List


The below resources shows how the innovation methodologies taught in this course is being adopted in various industries/sectors

Additional reading on emerging innovations

Storage Beyond the Cloud

A new way to store information in molecules could preserve the contents of the New York Public Library in a teaspoon of protein, without energy, for millions of years

By Caitlin McDermott-Murphy, Harvard University Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology - May 1, 2019

Design Thinking Brings Innovation to Health Care & Medical Education

Associate Professor Jyothi Marbin, MD, Director of the Pediatrics Leadership for the Underserved Residency (PLUS) program, is applying design thinking to help students and residents thrive at UCSF. She is applying this model for a human-centered, adaptive approach to train residents in the PLUS Program on key design thinking concepts.

By, Kacey Berry, MS2 - October 19, 2018

This Chemist Is Helping Farmers Replace Synthetic Pesticides With Natural Products

“We discovered that the product we were using wasn’t just able to control the disease; it was able to accelerate the ripening process,” says Rozek. “I now think that the power really is in nature,” she says. “Nature has all the solutions for the problems we are experiencing. All we need to do is understand it.”

by Nicholas Hune-Brown

Data and design thinking to shape the future of medicine, Stanford Medicine X | ED speakers say

“How is our experience with health care so bad at times? I think part of it is that health care wasn’t designed. It literally just happened by accident,” said Ku, the assistant dean for health and design at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

He offered a list of “design fails,” ranging from hospital gowns that fly open to X-ray images that can’t be transferred into a patient’s electronic record. He showed oral and rectal thermometers that looked exactly alike, and described how emergency departments have been known to reach the sound level of a highway or vacuum cleaner.  “It’s a passion of mine to think about how to cure our terminally ill health system,” Ku said.

By, Amy Jeter Hansen - Published on April 30, 2018

How to apply Design Thinking in Healthcare

Design Thinking in Patient Care

Patient care is not just about exchanging pleasantries and moving ahead with the treatment. When you apply Design thinking to this process, you will uncover ways in which care goes beyond the treatment.

By Quovantis - Oct 6, 2017

The Quest to Mimic Nature’s Trickiest Colors

An artist struggles to reproduce the iridescence of the natural world

It took a year of experimentation to understand how to turn the powder into a spreadable paint and mix it without destroying its optical qualities.

by, ELI KINTISCH - JULY 16, 2015