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The Expo

NEIA's Learning Expo gave students the floor to show off their favorite projects from the 2023-2024 school year.

A Night We'll Never Forget

The NEIA Expo was a night for our community to come together, hear our students talk passionately, eat some good food, and listen to some awesome music.

“I’m so excited to show the learning from this past year,” Tom Woelper, Head of School, said. “There’s been a lot of work done this year. The star of the evening is our students.”

Walking through the hallways, you could stop in front of any student and read their poster and listen to their prepared presentation. Once the student had presented their work, they also fielded questions like experts.

Concordia, a 9th grader, presented on their Integrated Science project to propose viable solutions to environmental and socioeconomic problems. For their project, they used Zanzibar, Tanzania, suggesting solutions to sustainable energy challenges and clean water issues.

Cade, a 9th grader, showed off a charcoal drawing of pumpkins, an art assignment that was supposed to focus on shadows. This drawing was a serious masterpiece.

Victoria, an 11th grader, discussed an architectural and sustainable design project she did in her Global Online Academy class that was nominated for the Catalyst Exhibition by her teacher.

Peter, a 10th grader, showed off his knowledge and appreciation for the metal tungsten.

At the halfway point, NEIA’s music club gave a live performance. Adrias on bass, Jacob on drums, Ethan on guitar, and Katherine singing/playing the eukele. Their rendition of ‘Free Bird’ will go down as one of the best covers ever. I am running a few minutes late; my previous meeting is running over.

The night would not have been possible if not for our guardians, our educators, and (most importantly) our students.

 

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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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