Rutgers Preparatory School - Innovation Center

Innovation Center

Helping to Prepare Students for the World of Tomorrow

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The Innovation Center @RPS aims to bring the best in education to Rutgers Preparatory School.

In order to be better prepared for the future, our students must:

•Think critically and creatively to solve complex, non-standard problems.
•Understand their role in an interdependent world.
•Use evolving technologies for research, communication, and innovation.
 

The Innovation Center @ RPS supports the development and implementation of innovative ideas relating to teaching and learning to help our students be better prepared for the future. The Center seeks to bring new programs to RPS as well as to link educators throughout the community to develop, test and implement, and evaluate innovative ideas and methodologies in order to imagine a future that has yet to be invented. 

 Recent Projects and Events

The Global Education Program's Global Policy Summit

On April 7, 2017, eleven groups participating in the Global Education Program presented their culminating projects that address the question: how do different policies affect various SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) in a particular country? The medium through which GEP members express their ideas will range from videos to animations to powerpoint presentations.

About the Global Education Program

In 2015, the United Nations established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): by 2030, the UN challenges its 193 member states to achieve 17 overarching “Global goals”. These initiatives attempt to address global issues that require international collaboration to bring about solutions. The SDGs encompass various pertinent topics such as climate change, poverty, and gender inequity---all of which are relevant to each and every individual, regardless of location, culture, or occupation.

Nikhil Lahiri ‘18 and Rebekah Park ‘17 wished to introduce the UN and SDGs to the RPS community in an impactful way. With the help of the Innovation Center, Mr. Desai, Mrs. Lahiri, and Dr. Merges, Nikhil and Rebekah founded the Global Education Program this past fall. The Program’s overarching objective was to promote awareness of global issues within the RPS community and encourage students to craft tangible, intelligent solutions to these problems.

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Girls Exploring Technology - Spring 2017 Conference

On April 1, 2017, The Innovation Center at Rutgers Preparatory School hosted a Girls Exploring Technology (G.E.T.) conference, giving girls from area schools a chance to hear from women who are local and national leaders in the fields of technology, pharmaceuticals, and medicine.

The keynote speaker for this event was Nandini Ramani, Vice President of Engineering at Twitter, in charge of the Engineering Effectiveness team as well as product strategy for India. Ms. Ramani spoke about her history and how she ended up working at Twitter, as well as some of the challenges women in the industry face and how they may overcome them.

This event, like previous G.E.T. conferences, was meant to inspire and empower young women to explore careers and areas of study in STEM, and to introduce them to some of the women who have made careers out of their passion for technology and the sciences. The G.E.T. conference on April 1 was made possible by a partnership with Johnson & Johnson.

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