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Innovators Present at NEIA 2023-2024 Clubs Fair

It's that time of the year! NEIA students get to join and form clubs based on their passions and interests.

All clubs at NEIA require a staff member to oversee and guide the innovators. Our students have the exciting opportunity to join an established club or form their own. It is this freedom that leads to incredible connections and stellar projects. Some students stood up in front of the entire school to pitch their club to their peers.

Student-Led Presentations 

Culinary Club – Maya and Catherine delivered a pretty enticing pitch: make a different dish every week (usually a dessert or snack) and then afterward you get to eat your delicious work.

DND Club – Short for Dungeons & Dragons, this club is led by Bella. The goal is to introduce this fun, collaborative form of storytelling to NEIA’s halls. The first weeks will be about creating a character, learning the rules, and then starting their own campaign. 

Amusements Club – Simon called himself a bit of a “coaster enthusiast.” The goal of this club: build a functional, small-scale rollercoaster on NEIA’s campus. With safety at the forefront, this club will be a fun mechanical and engineering challenge.

Adventure Club – Tobe and Jeremie want to keep the adventure club’s plans vague because surprise is the key to adventure. Led by a NEIA staff member, they want to create adventures, both on-campus and off, like making snowmen, hiking, and embracing the adventure of life. 

Additional Clubs

  • Community Impact
  • Debate Club
  • Chorus
  • Student Newspaper
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Design Club 
  • Community Garden Club 
  • Fiber Arts 
  • Digital Storytelling 
  • Games Club
  • Fishing
  • STEM
  • Theater
  • Music
  • Innovation, Gaming, and Everything in Between
  • Chess
  • Sustainability
  • Content Creation Club
  • ASL

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After our first full week into summer, we want to look back on a year-long project that yielded impressive results for three of our amazing rising 12th graders.

This past fall, NEIA 11th graders pitched products that could add value to people’s lives by curing diseases or ailments. This is part of the BioTrek Program: a joint initiative by ARMI (Advanced Regenerative Medical Institute) and BioFabUSA. Students pitched their amazing ideas to Tim McCauley, their peers, and a panel of judges made up of NEIA staff members. 

Throughout these presentations, our students walked through all phases of the Biotrek journey. First, identifying a problem. Second, engineering a solution using bio-manufacturing techniques. In the third phase, they developed a business and financial model for their product. The final phase was this event: pitching to their peers and judges. They are trying to solve real medical issues, such as endometriosis, chronic lung disease, color blindness, and osteogenesis (just to name a few). 

The winners moved on to the Final Presentations judged by representatives from ARMI and Biofab, which decided
who would represent NEIA against other schools in the Biotrek Championship. The winning group chosen to go to the championship was Endopexy, created by Milena, Lila, and Max H.

Milena, Lila, and Max’s hard worked paid off as they were the winning team of the championships. We are so proud of these three innovators for working hard the whole year and being recognized in such a highly competitive program.

This project-based learning program continues to be a very valuable experience for our innovators. You can clearly see the intersection of subjects like science, math, entrepreneurship, and communications. It is the perfect example of how integrated academics lead to exciting projects and connections.

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This weekend, three of our 11th grade students: Vicki, Owen, and Langston, won first place at the Entrepreneurship for All - EforAll All Ideas Pitch Competition for their idea around the NEXTGEN Summit, a conference that Langston initiated this spring at NEIA.

Owen explains the idea to execution as follows, "My mother is an alum of the Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Business Accelerator Program. One night while scrolling Instagram, she found a post by EforAll about an All Ideas Pitch Competition happening. She sent me the post at 11:20 p.m. and we were signed up for the event by 12:15 a.m. A few weeks later we were selected to table at the event with the potential of being able to participate in the final pitch competition. We landed a spot in the pitch competition, and it was a huge success as we not only won the first place prize of $1000, but also won the Fan Favorite prize for an additional $500. We were by far the youngest attendees at the event and were pitching with people who were already well removed from college."

We are so proud of our innovators and commend them for their efforts to not only seek new opportunities each and every day but to thrive within them.

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That’s a wrap! We will see you soon, innovators. We miss you already.

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