Portraits of Diana Molina and Joseph Benagh

Two R. L. Turner High School Math Engineering Technology Science Academy (METSA) students, Diana Molina and Joseph Benagh, earned college credits from the University of Iowa for passing the college STEM Innovator and Entrepreneurship course.

Additionally, Molina placed in the top 10% of the nation with her overall performance.

The college course was completed through the METSA Scientific and Research and Design class taught by Yaritza Ortiz-Rivera, R. L. Turner HS Physics and Scientific Research and Design teacher.

To qualify for the credits, students had to demonstrate college-level competencies in STEM Innovation and Entrepreneurship while working with a STEM Innovator certified teacher. The students had to pass the college proficiency exam and submit an exceptional portfolio of their accomplishments.

On the Design side, the students completed sketches, researched their products, performed customer discovery, completed iterations and created prototypes while collaborating with others. On the Research/Presentation part, they focused on scientific market research, pitches and the patent process. They finalized the course with a complete portfolio, a final Lean Business Model canvas for one of their inventions and a final exam from the University of Iowa to demonstrate their knowledge.

We are #cfbproud of these students!