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Ivy Tech's Cook Center and NSWC Crane Earn Economic Development Award for STEM Summer Camp

Last updated on Thursday, October 11, 2018

(BLOOMINGTON) - Ivy Tech Community College’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division were awarded the State and Local Economic Development Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer for their partnership on a STEM summer camp. Ivy Tech and NSWC Crane accepted their award on Sept. 19 at a national ceremony in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

"The Cook Center has worked with the NSWC Crane STEM outreach team for the past two years to add business pitch competitions into the summer camp," said Steve Bryant, executive director of the Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech. "Business pitch events introduce young people to entrepreneurial skills that are valuable beyond competition, including learning a variety of soft skills while developing invention ideas."

Ivy Tech and NSWC Crane's STEM summer camp is intended to serve students with an entrepreneurial interest in grades seven through 10. This past summer, participants from the cities of Bloomington, Bedford, Bloomfield, and Washington worked together to develop business products and ideas stemming from patented NSWC Crane technologies, then participated in a competition by creating and delivering business pitches for their products to a panel of judges.

"This camp is an invaluable experience for the students," said Tina Closser, NSWC Crane STEM coordinator. "It shows them technologies developed at NSWC Crane and how these technologies can be used to benefit their communities. Ivy Tech was able to help the students hone their pitches and direct the students in areas to research their invention. Ivy Tech's participation was an invaluable asset."

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