Designing a Better Future to Tackle Big Problems

As Program Director of IDEAStudio, a forward-looking makerspace at the West Houston Institute, part of Houston Community College, my challenge is to leverage our resources to intersect the emerging disciplines of innovation, design, and entrepreneurship with the traditional disciplines of the arts and sciences to create a robust and active learning environment where students and faculty can tackle problems with real-world relevance.

One of our flagship programs is IDEAS Academy. For the past two years, we’ve partnered with the adjacent Alief Early College High School to work with a cohort of approximately 20 dual-credit seniors to empower them to develop the mindsets and skill sets used by today’s innovators, designers, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to help prepare them to succeed in the rapidly changing global landscape of the 21st century.  

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