Microsoft/KCI 2017 Innovation Award

Microsoft/KCI Innovation Award
The Microsoft/KCI Innovation Award honors three exemplary, innovative teacher-student collaborative projects that fully integrate technology and benefit the Silicon Valley educational community. The first place award is $6,000. The second place entry receives $3,000, and the third place award is $1,000. All three winners were honored at the Award Recognition Event on March 23, 2017.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline February 20, 2017
Awards Announcement March 6, 2017
Award Recognition Event March 23, 2017

Application Instructions

  1. Applicants must be able to attend Award Recognition Event.
  2. Applications are filled out online.
  3. A copy of the application may be downloaded to help guide you through the online application process.
  4. If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Brumbaugh at:

Last Years’ Winner

Summer Art & Design Thinking Camp (Alum Rock Educational Foundation)
This project-based camp engages middle school youth in exploring design thinking processes, digital tools, and visual arts. Campers work individually and collaboratively as they use technology in a very engaging, dynamic, and innovative way. Each week has a different theme and the camp day is divided into two parts – Focused Learning and Tinker Time. This allows campers to think outside the box and follow their ideas in directions that their passions and creativity guide them. Campers document their own learning, discovery, and synthesis of design thinking and showcase their work at a public exhibition at the end of each week. All projects are designed to enhance their creative confidence, academic skills and computer literacy. The full day, six-week camp is in its third year and is located at Renaissance Academy in East San Jose.

Visit the Art & Design Thinking Camp website to learn more…

AREF Art & Design Thinking Camp Video for Take pART from Corinne Takara on Vimeo.

Second Place

Science Enrichment And ResearCH (SEARCH class) (Joaquin Miller Middle School)
SEARCH has been designed to offer students an authentic scientific research experience that is directly driven by student-generated projects. To make the learning of science applicable, each project is developed from a business perspective and all student groups are effectively start-up companies. This aligns with the spirit of the Silicon Valley entrepreneurship culture and it provides the basis for which students tailor their individual and group activities. This class develops the 21st century skills needed to navigate through a world demanding the use of technology for the purpose of creation and design, group work abilities to bring an idea to life, and stamina to persevere through iteration after iteration of all possible outcomes. As an idea becomes prototyped, students write a Literature Review, create a company webpage, blog about their experiences, and use programs to help them communicate their ideas.
Science Enrichment And ReseaCH SEARCH

Visit the Science Enrichment And ResearCH website to learn more…

Third Place

BBC Presents (Santa Cruz High School)
As part of the tenth-grade Industrial Revolution history unit, students will create materials to pitch a movie idea to the “BBC”. In collaborative groups they will choose a topic, create a Pitch Book with historical background, costume ideas and historic locations, and then film and present a three-minute period-accurate preview video that explores their topic.
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Visit the BBC Presents website to learn more…

Microsoft Corporation is an American, multinational, software corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services related to computing. The company was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975. Microsoft is the world’s largest software maker measured by revenues. Microsoft is pleased to partner with the KCI to support educational innovation in the Silicon Valley.