LEARNING ECOSYSTEMS

Fostering a capability pipeline

By bringing together people of all walks, backgrounds, and degrees of experience, the Global CoCreation Lab creates amazing opportunities for 360º learning. The CoLearning Lab comprises programs specifically designed to propagate knowledge and to develop innovators and innovative organizations.

The CoLearning Lab connects the Miami community with Global CoCreation Lab innovation through the Affinity Groups, with a special priority to engage groups underrepresented in biomedical innovation and entrepreneurship, such as women and minorities.

The CoLearning Lab carries out its capacity- and resilience-building mission through two major efforts:

Community-based education
Co-teaching engagements with schools and school communities: GCL Fellows provide supplementary learning materials for teachers, tutoring and mentorship for students. In the long-term, public school students can join a pipeline of talent to Affinity Groups and the Global CoCreation Lab projects.

Expert speaker series round table events
The events provide community access to business and philanthropic leaders, and to Global CoCreation Lab people and work

Early CoLearning Lab initiatives

Miami-Dade County Public School STEAM education collaboration

Launched as a pilot in January 2020 in Miami-Dade County schools, where nearly 75% of students utilize the free or reduced lunch program, the program:

  • develops teaching material to assist STEAM teachers in elementary and middle schools, 
  • inspires STEAM vocations in elementary and middle schoolers, and 
  • helps M-DCPS students learn and meet standards in math and science (integrated M-DCPS curricula)

The program launched with in-class lessons by scholars and researchers from MIT, and the team quickly adapted to the new demands of remote learning due to the COVID-19 crisis. In the first six months, the team produced 14 webinars and scripts in science and math subjects. 

Amid the global uncertainty in the spring, a group middle-school aged students, in collaboration with their mentors at MIT, enhanced and edited the 14 webinars, translating them into the county’s most-spoken languages of M-DC—English, Spanish Creole, Portuguese, Russian—as well as into French, Vasco, Gallego, and Catalan. This cohort of volunteers became Girls Teaching Girls.