Creative Oklahoma is proud to announce that tomorrow, the internationally renowned MyMachine maker-program for young students will have its’ United States launch in Oklahoma at Mid-Del Public School’s Soldier Creek Elementary School. The public launch event will be held at 1:30 pm, with an additional school launch on Friday, October 30 at 11:00 am at the Oklahoma City Public Charter School, John Rex Elementary School.
MyMachine is an entrepreneurial program that brings together elementary students, college students, and students from technical schools. Headquartered in Kortrijk, Belgium, the program structure leads all of the players from six to 30 years of age through a collaborative project of design, implementation and creation.
The first idea step starts with elementary school students using their imaginations to invent their own “dream machine.” College and technical school students will then provide detailed sketches based on the children’s ideas and create scale models and ultimately life-size prototypes. All the while, children will provide feedback on the accuracy of what is being created.
Creative Oklahoma was first introduced to MyMachine at the Creativity World Forum 2014 in Kortrijk, Belgium and where Oklahomans heard MyMachine co-founder Piet Grymonprez’ riveting presentation about the program and the impact of the program in Belgium and other regions around the world. MyMachineGlobal has a vision that one day all children and young people will have the opportunity to participate at school and university in a unique ecology of talent, span over all educational levels, where creativity is the driving force for materializing their own new unexplored ideas.
We brought the concept back to Oklahoma hoping that a pilot program could develop between an institution of higher learning and elementary schools. Susan McCalmont, President of Creative Oklahoma said that “encouragement of imaginative and creative learning is essential to development of an entrepreneurial mindset. In Oklahoma, we need to foster that development as early as possible and continue throughout the years middle and high schools, as well as higher education to insure a strong entrepreneurial economy.”
With Rose State College’s FabLab, entrepreneurial training center, and sponsorship of the Oklahoma Invention Convention, a natural partnership developed between Rose State and Creative Oklahoma to bring MyMachine to Oklahoma. President Jeanie Webb announced the partnership in March at the Creativity World Forum 2015 in Oklahoma City. Dr. Webb believes that “creativity needs to be the cornerstone of all original thinking, and what we are doing at Rose State with this program is fostering that kind of thought process. We are building on creativity not just in the college classroom but the classrooms of the next generation.”
Rose State College will serve as the facilitator of the program and is the only college in the nation to partner with the MyMachine program and offer this unique educational concept.
From left to right: Filip Meuris, Co-Founder of MyMachine Global Foundation; Jeanie Webb, President Rose State College; Stan Greil Vice-President Rose State College; Piet Grymonprez, Co-Founder MyMachine Global Foundation.
Creative Oklahoma is a statewide non-profit organization advancing Oklahoma’s creative economy through innovation-focused initiatives in education, commerce and culture. The mission is to transform the state of Oklahoma through projects and collaborative ventures that help develop an improved life quality for its citizens and a more entrepreneurial and vibrant economy. For more information, please visit www.stateofcreativity.com.
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