About Innovate Dayton

How did Innovate Dayton start?

Innovate Oregon is a strategic initiative launched by the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) focused on re-imagining how we can develop the talent needed to build an inclusive, innovation-based economy. This initiative recognizes that every aspect of our economy is being rapidly transformed by new digital technologies and that it is essential that we develop a workforce that has the skills and mindsets of innovation.

In the summer of 2014, a team from Innovate Oregon was invited to Dayton to launch an Innovation Academy.

Since that initial engagement, the impact of this partnership has been transformative for the school and the community. Not only has Dayton established its own Innovate initiative, the school has become a pioneer in developing new teaching methodologies which utilize an agile learning approach, modeled after leading industry practices. The school district has developed a set of classes based around innovation and even built an i3 Center: a learning space where students have the opportunity to be inspired, innovate and invent.

We built this Center in partnership with local businesses, notably OnlineNW, a McMinnville based Internet service provider. As part of this partnership, OnlineNW constructed in Dayton a gigabit fiber-optic network that includes a revenue sharing agreement with the school district that provides ongoing financial support for Innovate Dayton.

What is happening currently?

Dayton is currently embarking on several strategic partnerships with companies and businesses to develop new innovation initiatives. With help from our partners, we are focused on improving and exploring subjects like agriculture: the mainstay of our local economy, traditional and digital arts such as welding and media design in the i3 Center, technology throughout the school district, and opportunities that especially encourage student leadership. These partnerships include but are not limited to those with IBM, SparkFun and Stoller Family Estate.

Through Innovate, we want our students to be able to walk into real life challenges, equipped with the confidence to fail forward. The goal of Innovate Dayton is to create the empowered change makers and problem solvers of tomorrow, by giving students the resources and support to pilot their own learning journeys. 

How can I help?

One way to get involved is by signing up for OnlineNW Fiber Internet. Part of the revenue made from your contribution will support Dayton’s i3 Center as well as many other Innovate-based projects within the school district. 

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