EiPICTM is a program created by Frederic Bertley to educate students around the world about the universe of intellectual property. It was created in response to the lack of intellectual property education in most k-16 programs globally. It was developed by individuals with innovation, intellectual property, and entrepreneurial experience.
EiPICTM-Egypt was created as an additional program that can provide a unique pipeline for Egyptian STEM students into innovation, problem solving and invention. EiPICTM-Egypt will supplement the STEM students’ education and further equip them to best work towards solving our Egypt’s Grand Challenges and continue to research, develop and innovate – all core components, central to economic growth.
EiPICTM is an extracurricular activity
Extracurricular scholastic activities are activities, programs or experiences that fall outside the realm of the normal curriculum of an academic schedule. They exist at all levels, from primary school through universities. Extracurricular activities are characterized as voluntary as opposed to mandatory, where the student elects to participate in the program of his or her choice. Many times, students organize and direct these activities under faculty sponsorship, although some extracurricular activities are entirely student-led initiatives.
It should be remembered that extracurricular activities are voluntary and based on a given student “electing” to do the program. It should never become the case that it is expected that all students do an extracurricular activity. Some students may choose many, some may choose none. This freedom of choice underpins the success, utility and authenticity of the experience. EiPICTM is an extracurricular voluntary program for a limited number of students. EiPICTM will engage students directly, affording them the opportunity to explore their creativity, vision, commitment, skill sets, and interests through a channel that is directly tied to the aforementioned grand challenges.
In the STEM schools’ context, extracurricular activities provide a vital framework for the application of the skills and knowledge gained in school. The suite of extracurricular offerings has been developed with a lens on enhancing STEM experiences, but they are still anchored in the spirit, design and purpose of extracurricular activities which is to compliment classroom and curriculum experiences. Program’s approach is to create a framework for deeper exploration of science and technology by students who elect to participate. For example, through a partnership with Battelle, the Institute provides an opportunity for high school students to observe and participate in cutting-edge laboratory research under the supervision of Battelle scientists and engineers. The opportunity to work in a real research lab provides students with knowledge and skills that are applicable in the school setting, and their participation deepens their exploration of STEM phenomenon and application. While this experience catalyzes student recall of topics studied in school, and provides for them a “real-world” application experience of chemistry and industry, it is not constructed to specifically map back to a specific articulated learning outcome of the curriculum. Moreover, instead of focusing directly on the curriculum, it provides ancillary and extremely beneficial experiences and irreplaceable gained knowledge that is not mandated or covered in any STEM school curriculum, but absolutely invaluable in the development of the student’s understanding and capacity to navigate the real world.
Support for EiPICTM
EiPICTM -Egypt is supported by the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), Innovators Support Fund (ISF) and the Teacher Education and School Strengthening Activity (STESSA) and is to be executed in collaboration with the the Ministry of Education and Technical Education (MOETE).
Center of Science and Industry (COSI)
The Center of Science and Industry (COSI), located in Columbus, Ohio, is a dynamic, hands-on science center with more than 57 years of award-winning expertise in providing engaging, inspiring, and transforming learning experiences. COSI cultivates a vibrant learning ecosystem for all people, helping ensure we are scientifically literate, critically aware and thoughtfully engaged. From hands-on interactive exhibits in themed exhibition areas, and a state-of-the-art planetarium, to traveling and education outreach programs, COSI delivers science and science educational experiences both in its building and far beyond its walls. With unprecedented partnerships, COSI has positioned itself as a national powerhouse museum with content and experiences for people of all ages. COSI’s flagship partnership is with the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) providing a world-class Dinosaur Gallery and a separate special AMNH traveling exhibition space. Located on Central Ohio’s burgeoning Scioto Peninsula, the epicenter of Columbus’ downtown redevelopment, COSI stands as a leading cultural institution and destination attraction for regional, national, and international audiences. COSI has won numerous awards including being named the #1 Science Museum in the Nation by – USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice in 2020 and in 2021! For more information, visit cosi.org.
Frederic Bertley, President and CEO of COSI, has developed EiPICTM for students around the world to provide a unique pipeline for STEM students into innovation, problem solving and invention. EiPICTM-Egypt will support the STEM students in Egypt to be proficient problem solvers and learn about the field of Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship.
Innovators Support Fund (ISF)
The Innovation Support Fund (ISF), Cairo, Egypt, was established in 2019 with a public legal entity and to be under the direct supervision of the Egyptian Minister of Research and Higher Education with the aim of supporting the innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Egypt to boost development and overcome national challenges and constraints.
The ISF vision is creating an enabling environment for innovation that is capable of discovering, supporting and developing innovators, talents and researchers. The ISF offers adoption and financing for innovations in the various fields of science and technology that contribute in improving national competitiveness, increasing the rate of growth of the national economy and achieving sustainable development to achieve prosperity and enhance the quality of life. The ISF mission includes –but not limited to- the following:
- Discovering talented and outstanding students, and supporting them to use their maximum potential;
- Strengthening the Egyptian innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, by encouraging and stimulating partnerships between the components of the ecosystem to increase Egypt’s competitiveness, sustainable economic growth and job creation;
- Investing in ideas, knowledge and technology to create value and jobs;
- Supporting emerging technologies to transition to marketable products, services and processes;
- Targeting sectors that are not commercially competitive today but are expected to play a critical role in supporting Egypt’s transition after 2025.
STEM Teacher Education and School Strengthening Activity (STESSA)
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Teacher Education and School Strengthening Activity (STESSA) is a USAID funded project, aiming to support STEM education at two levels:
Component 1: To develop, implement, and sustain high-quality STEM teacher education and preparation programs at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Component 2: To provide technical support and strengthen knowledge and skills at all levels to enhance quality of existing STEM schools and expand the model to additional governorates/nationwide.
STESSA’s goals will be achieved through introducing STEM teacher education and preparation programs and supporting the development and implementation of undergraduate and graduate level diploma programs in targeted public universities in Egypt. STESSA works closely with the Faculties of Education (FOEs), Science and Engineering at the University level to support the development of course descriptions, build the knowledge and skills related to STEM education and provide equipment and/or materials necessary for the successful implementation of the Teacher and Leadership Diploma and Undergraduate programs. STESSA continues to support the capacities and efforts at the Ministry of Education and Technical Education (MOETE) and STEM schools’ levels through professional and skills development of the teachers, trainers, instructional leaders and supervisors in schools and local and central STEM Units. STESSA also provides the MOETE with technical assistance to strengthen and sustain the quality of STEM schools, and to help the MOETE to implement its expansion plan of new schools in additional governorates. The Extracurricular Intellectual Property Innovation Center (EiPIC) will play an important role in contributing to support the students from these STEM schools to learn differentiated ways to apply what they have learned from hands-on based inquiry experiences.
EiPICTM will deliver a comprehensive program for G11 that aligns all four of these deliverables:
1-The development of an innovation and invention education clinic for STEM high school students;
2-The development of an intellectual property (IP) education clinic for STEM high school students;
3-The development of a “bench-to-business” education clinic for STEM high school students; and
4-The development of a local cadre of innovators and experts in diverse STEM areas to support the students (in-kind and as mentors) throughout the academic year.
In order to participate in the program, students from G11 will apply through the EiPICTM based website created by ISF (apply here) and will be selected through a stepwise process. Innovators will come from diverse fields that may include, but are not limited to: Aeronautical Engineering, Agriculture, Building Systems, Control Mechanisms, Electrical Engineering, Energy, Environmental Science, Genetics/Genomics, Infrastructure, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Devices, Materials Sciences, Molecular Biology, Nanotechnology, Pharmacology, Physics, Satellites, Systems Engineering, Vaccines, Water Purification, Marine Biology, Desalination, Communication, and Additive Manufacturing.