OKC High School Students Chosen to Attend Innovation Workshop at the University of Central Oklahoma

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9:30 am

by Meg Jackson

Creative Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. (May 22, 2012) – Three teams of Oklahoma City high school students will participate in the Oklahoma ArtScience Innovation Workshop from June 4-8 at the Center for Transformative Learning at the University of Central Oklahoma. The students earned the opportunity through participation in the Oklahoma ArtScience Prize, a project of Creative Oklahoma.

An annual theme guides the ArtScience project ideas worldwide. This year’s theme, Virtual Worlds, spurred Oklahoma projects that confront homelessness, teen stress, trash gyres in the world’s oceans, the stigma of schizophrenia, families of long-term hospital patients, and school nutrition. Three teams were chosen to participate in the Oklahoma ArtScience Innovation Workshop. The projects include:

Home Away from Home is a hospital installation that brings a comfortable, pleasant and home-like atmosphere to patients and family members. Its purpose is to change the perspective of hospital rooms from unwelcoming to a place where people can enjoy themselves. Students include: Rachel Howard, Mia Likens, Martiza Lopez, Iasiah Pickens, and Logan Shatzwell.

Le Salle de Therapie is a project that seeks to provide teens with free talk therapy via Skype, as well as other forms of therapy such as aromatherapy and chromatherapy. Students include: Agra Grundy, Jak Huyen, Tatjana Marley, Clayton Mitchell, Michael Robertson, and Savanna Ruiz.

NuLunch addresses obesity, attentiveness and overall health in schools by creating a method by which nutritionists, students organizations, cafeteria workers and administration work together to “model the way” to a healthier lifestyle. Students include: YeoJin Bae, Jake Burga, Juan Magana, Meagan Gower, Jennifer Rubio, and Amanda Wilks.

One team was selected to attend the International Innovation Workshop in Paris during the last week in June. The team selected for the Paris workshop is Virtual Hope, whose project One Step Up includes an application-based Internet resource designed for the use of the homeless community in Oklahoma City. Students include: Anant Attamakulsri, Vivanne Garcia, Thomas Hernandez, Ken Higuchi, Sadee Parker, and Victoria Washington.

The Oklahoma ArtScience Prize, now is in its first full year, is part of an international network that includes sites in Boston, Paris, Dublin, Dhahran, Singapore, and Cape Town. The 36 students selected for this year’s program are from 14 Oklahoma City public schools.

ArtScience students work in an interdisciplinary format that blends the intuitive nature of the arts and the analytical process of science. The afterschool program for inner-city youth encourages passionate research on projects designed to have a positive impact on society, a concept known in ArtScience as Aspirational Design. In addition to the possibility of providing dramatic solutions to world problems, this approach to learning is designed to develop skills such as brainstorming, collaboration and teamwork, research skills, and presentation capabilities.

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About Oklahoma ArtScience Prize and Creative Oklahoma:

Oklahoma ArtScience Prize is project of Creative Oklahoma and an internationally federating educational program of ArtScience Labs. ArtScience Prize engages students in in-depth learning in the arts, sciences, and idea development to cultivate creativity and the ability to realize innovative project ideas generated in the classroom. Creative Oklahoma is a statewide non-profit organization advancing Oklahoma’s creative economy through creativity and innovation based initiatives in education, commerce and culture. The mission is to transform the state of Oklahoma through projects and collaborative ventures that help develop a more entrepreneurial and vibrant economy and an improved life quality for its citizens. Visit stateofcreativity.com for more information.