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UCM-Lee’s Summit Joins Partnership to Bring Internet of Things Technology to Area Students

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 9, 2015) – The University of Central Missouri has joined forces with three Kansas City area education partners to coordinate the launch and deployment of the SensED “Internet of Things” STEM education program.

UCM and Think Big Foundation, Cisco Systems Inc., and Summit Tech Academy in Lee’s Summit are set to develop the program as a pilot to share IoT know-how with middle school, high school and college students starting in the fall of the 2015-16 academic year.

The SensED IoT programprovides Internet of Things recipes to educators and students so they can learn about the underlying technologies and applications and gain a critical understanding of this new technology. Embedded in the program are key learning opportunities to ignite critical thinking and build digital literacies, including:

“UCM is excited to be one of the leading organizations in this area with regard to IoT,” said Joe Mullins, consultant with Workforce and Professional Development at UCM-Lee’s Summit. “UCM and STA are the first organizations in the Kansas City area, and the central United States, to use this open curriculum designed by IoTDevLabs and to take part in this pilot.”

Mullins added that this collaborative effort allows UCM and STA to be involved in the Smart & Connected Communities initiative in Kansas City, Mo. As pilot partners, UCM and STA will be able to work with startups and experiment with the KC Living Lab, a joint effort between Cisco and Think Big Partners in which emerging technologies with economic benefit and social impact can be deployed, tested and validated in a full-scale, industrial and real-user environment.

“The Living Lab adds to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas City,” Mullins said, “which is recognized both nationally and internationally for its tech startup community, supporting accelerator programs, and gigabit fiber network.”

The Living Lab will encourage collaborative innovation, giving the city a platform for citizen co-creation of a marketplace of innovations that introduce new financial and social benefits while improving the quality of life and reducing long term costs.

“With the SensED program, we’re building tomorrow’s experts in emerging technologies and social innovation,” said Kari Keefe, executive director of the Think Big Foundation. “I strongly believe early literacy is critical to ensuring that students not only understand how technology works, but also see the personal and social impact of their experience. This program can do just that.”