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Nine Carthage faculty members have been awarded STEP 1 Faculty Innovation Grants (FIG).

The awards, made possible by the Donald Hedberg Endowment for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, recognize promising early-stage innovations that address problems or challenges facing a community. The communities addressed in these four projects range from elementary school STEM classrooms to cancer patients. Each team will spend the spring semester developing a proposed technology prototype that addresses a challenge faced by their community of choice.

Program and development teams for STEP 1 (spring 2023):

  • Angela Dassow and Dana Garrigan: Developing a classroom-friendly bee chalet to encourage interest in STEM majors
  • Steven Henle and Andrea Henle: Development of low-cost fluorescent and light microscopes for science classrooms in high-need school districts
  • Cheryl Peterson, Nancy Reese, and K8 Prange: Developing a spiritual care application (app) to support and connect adults with cancer
  •  Wenjie Sun and Rick Bingen ’15: Bridge real world-needs from community partners and diverse talents from Carthage through civic engagement/service-learning connection platform

Successful prototype innovations will be invited to continue their work in STEP 2 of the FIG cycle. STEP 2 projects will involve student participants and will introduce the proposed innovation to a pilot audience.

Learn more about the FIG program and future opportunities

Sponsoring Department, Office, or Organization:

The Aspire Center

For more information, contact:

Kevin Crosby: