Newberg High School, along with assistance from the Chehalem Valley Innovation Accelerator and Innovate Yamhill County, applied for and received a grant  to expand its CTE/STEM innovation initiatives from the Austin Family Foundation. Taking a lesson from other successful Innovate Yamhill County initiatives, including Innovate Dayton, the grant funds a student-teacher-community make-a-thon that kicks off professional develop in Design Thinking methods for the cohort of 9th grade teachers. The make-a-thon consists of 20 teams, each team with 3 participants: student, teacher and business person/community member. Each team will use Sparkfun’s Micro:bit platform to “hack” a prototype product within a few hours. Experience with previous makeathons proves that all 3 populations learn from each other, extend themselves beyond their capabilities, and has fun! The Construct Foundation will provide Design Thinking training for the teachers and support them as the hold mini-makeathons in their classrooms. Plus some of the funds will be used to open the Agile Learning Lab in the high school’s library and to also align with the Integrated Design Studio efforts already underway. Read The Newberg Graphic’s article for more information.