A pioneering idea is what got Haley Barnett, a Lone Star College-University Park student, noticed when she entered a national U.S. Department of Education contest.
Barnett was selected as a winner in the National Education Startup Challenge in the undergraduate division by www.Challenge.gov.
She was one of 8 division winners in the contest. Hundreds of entries were submitted from throughout the U.S. Barnett is a first year college student that serves as president of the student government association at her campus.
Barnett’s submittal, the Educational Positioning System, has been advanced in educational and technology forums for several months, including the EDUCAUSE conference and the IMS Global Learning Consortium. Her idea focused on how students could benefit from data ownership. She was coached by Michael Mathews, chief strategist for innovation and entrepreneurship at LSC-University Park.
The National Education Startup Challenge is part of the Startup America program from the U.S. Department of Education. Students were challenged to develop an innovative solution to an education problem complete with a blueprint for a new company/nonprofit organization. Details at www.nesc.challege.gov.
To see the 60 second video entry as part of the submission, visit www.YouTube.com/LoneStarCollege.
The Educational Positioning System helps students access and navigate their own transcripts, standardized test scores and more data related to education. The student will be able to look over that data and choose exactly what will work best for them as they prepare for and complete their college education. It puts the ‘ownership’ of student data in the hands of the student.
Barnett is excited about the possibilities of her project where students could improve their educational journey. “When Mr. Mathews approached me with the concept, I began envisioning elementary students reviewing their EPS devices with their parents, mapping out the next years of their lives, and making informed decisions based on their own education data,” she said.
A total of 70 LSC-University Park students signed up for more information about creative and innovative projects that qualified as submissions for the National Education Startup Challenge. Of those 70, six ideas came forward as being potential winners. A faculty panel narrowed the suggestions to three total LSC-University Park submissions. Those students worked with mentors and advisors to shape the ideas that entered into the contest.
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