COVID-19 protocols to be followed for all in-person classes:

  1. Parents are not allowed beyond the reception area
  2. Must wear a face mask when entering our doors
  3. We will take the temperature everyday in the morning using non-touch thermometer
  4. Wash hands with sanitizer before entering inside
  5. Wash hands with soap and water in the restrooms
  6. Use the same table and chair and same spots to minimize touch areas
  7. Must notify the instructor if there are any changes at home – like visitors, travel, sickness, etc. and avoid coming to class under such scenarios. We can always switch to online class when needed. Safety comes first, so let us all please try to ensure safe environment for learning.
  8. If student goes outside for lunch/snacks/drinks – student must wear face mask and must wash hands with sanitizer upon re-entry.
  9. All touch areas will be sanitized with disinfectant at the end of the day, and is kept clean for the following day.
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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 demonstrate their skills in "Whole System Design Thinking" and through their solutions and research article are able to express the breadth and depth of their knowledge.

** Human-Centric Solutions is an approach to product/solution development that puts people first and focuses on user needs, desires and abilities at the center of the development process.

** Whole Systems Design Thinking is an approach that aims to integrate social, economic and environmental factors, interrelationships, and phenomena into a comprehensive design solution

Only the research articles that meet our guidelines and which passes our strict review process would be published.

Prerequisites:

  • 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.

Instructor & Mentor: 

Shanti Balaraman who will be teaching and mentoring this program has more that 20+ years corporate experience. She's been involved in human-centric solutions and the whole system design thinking for more than a decade and she wrote this curriculum. 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.

Benefits:

  • 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 could be used for High-School Senior Research/Capstone Project. In-person classes could be used towards the CAS project for IB curriculum. 
  • The Published Research Article could be mentioned in the college applications especially it adds weight for Science, Engineering, and Business majors
  • The Instructor, who is also a STEM/Research mentor, could give additional letter of recommendation in the college application.
  • Students could present their Research Article in various conferences and events.
  • Students could take their newly acquired knowledge to next steps, and participate in 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, students 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.

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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.

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Check out the 2 Semester Research Program Weekly Curriculum

Register for 2 Semester 2020-2021 Research Program

Fridays - 4 PM to 7 PM - Aug 28, 2020 to April 09, 2021

(OR) Saturdays - 2 PM to 5 PM - Aug 29, 2020 to April 10, 2021

(Each Semester is 13 weeks - Total 26 weeks)

Installment Payment Option - 2 Semester 2020-2021 Research Program

Fridays - 4 PM to 7 PM - Aug 28, 2020 to April 09, 2021  (OR) Saturdays - 2 PM to 5 PM - Aug 29, 2020 to April 10, 2021

  • 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 02, 2020 = $500
  • Final, 3rd installment must be paid on or before November 06, 2020 = $500

Check out the Emerging Innovators Research Publication - Online Science Journal

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

Resources from our past

Geckboy - The Battle of Fracking

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

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

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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

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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