NEIA Students Excel in Global Online Academy Classes

Global Online Academy (GOA) offers Innovators supplementary, online classes that give them the freedom and support they need to explore their passions.

As part of our GOA programming, we had two students who have gone above and beyond and have been commended for their efforts. Ileana (11th grade) and Wil (10th grade) were nominated by their GOA teachers to have their capstone projects in the Catalyst Exhibition Showcase (think a virtual science fair that classes from across the country can attend).

Global Health teacher Faye Wells had this to say about Ilena’s work: “Your presentation was an excellent example of applying course content! You were thorough, specific, and thoughtful. Well done!”

Introduction to Psychology teacher Guadalupe (Lupe) Fisch had this to say about your work: “Wil, you took the important topic of sleep and the issue of many teens not getting enough of it and utilized the prime culprit, the phone, to tackle the issue… You grounded your app development on sound psychological principles, and you conducted a robust amount of research. You can be very proud of your work.”

Last semester, NEIA had 31 students taking 21 different GOA courses. Our average final grade was a phenomenal 93%. Kaitlin M., Director of the Library & Learning Commons, has seen “a really, really good” response from students. They’re enjoying their classes and feel challenged by the fast-paced classes. “A lot of them are taking things they’re interested in long-term, but the range of classes they can take runs the gambit. There’s a lot of options for them to choose from.”


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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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