Judson STEM Day

Ken Cooper of the Innovation Studio (center) with Juan Valentin (left) and Tanaga Boozer (right) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office presented an innovation workshop on Saturday, May 23, at Judson STEM Day, a partnership with Northeast Lakeview College, Judson ISD, and Congressman Henry Cuellar’s office. The keynote speech, "What does STEM Mean to You, San Antonio?” was presented by CEO Jim Brazell. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

The STEM of Innovation

I feel much better about the future.

Recently I had the privilege to speak to High School students at STEM Academy.

STEM stands for "Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math." The mission of the STEM Academy is to serve "as a model of problem-based, technology-rich curriculum that enables and empowers students and faculty to engage in professional learning environments where science and math serve as vehicles for discovery, innovation, and independent problem solving."

I was invited because the STEM students had been given the assignment of developing an innovation project for an emerging

No Innovation Deficit for Bill Gates

"The Idea that innovation is slowing down is stupid." New ideas are coming at a "scarily fast pace," That's what billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said in a recent interview with The Atlantic.

In an article describing the interview, Uri Friedman notes: "Bill Gates is aware that there's a lot of gridlock in Washington. He's just not sure it matters all that much for innovation." As Gates noted: "There's a lot of innovation that isn't dependent on Washington doing anything."

The Innovation Deficit

Some say that innovation is stagnating because Washington has slowed