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ILLEST Lab

Informal Learning Linking Engineering Science & Technology

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The Informal Learning Linking Engineering Science & Technology (ILLEST) Laboratory was recently established within the ExCITe Center in Fall 2019.

Under the guidance of School of Education faculty members Dr. Kareem Edouard and Dr. Christopher Wright, the ILLEST Lab is building a safe, inclusive STEAM environment based on ongoing maker space research and exploring more authentic ways to provide in-depth STEAM education that supports the lifelong pursuit of knowledge and employment.

PROJECTS

Continuing STEM Education Academy (CSEA)

CSEA is designed to provide additional STEM training opportunities through the development of “maker” skills to assist high school graduation-age students of the Promise Neighborhood. The program aims to develop and enhance STEM competencies and technical knowledge necessary for a career pathway into technology industry employment and life-long learning.

Sneaker Engineering Lab

The Sneaker Engineering module is to reframe the sneaker industry, tap into the cultural and engineering aspects of this industry and explore the STEM opportunities. Particularly for minority students, their cultural capital is being tapped to shape the industry for both fashion and performance. A career in footwear design combines fashion expertise, design skill, and business knowledge in the design, engineering, and marketing of footwear for corporate or independent shoe retailers. Students learn the basics of engineering that go into the design of sneakers.

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