iCreate founder Melissa Pickering reflects on whether commerce can change education
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iCreate teamed up with AlphaBEST at the AASA conference in LA, CA a couple of weeks ago, and founder Melissa Pickering was interviewed by the Holmes Education Post. Below is a snippet from the interview, and you can read the full interview here.
What educational background and/or professional training are essential for this profession?
For the profession as an engineer, the ability to problem solve, be creative and think outside the box are key. For the profession of an entrepreneur, which I am now, the same skill sets apply. Finding ways to develop these skill sets both in and outside the classroom are imperative for building the innovators of our future.
What influenced you to pursue a career as founder and CEO of iCreate to Educate?
I was inspired in college by my outreach into local classrooms that involved the integration of hands-on activities into the curriculum, such as LEGO robotics. As I was studying engineering in college, I found that a lot of these application methods were key to my understanding of content, and I realized how important it was to have these opportunities in K-12. I left my engineering career to find the right tools that could give kids an opportunity to apply their own knowledge.