Jake Mendelssohn from the Connecticut Invention Convention, USA hosts workshop for tertiary students in Mauritius

Ebène, 8 June 2018: Mr. Jake Mendelssohn, the Outreach Director of the Connecticut Invention Convention from USA, will be in Mauritius next week to host a free workshop for tertiary students on the theme “Inventing Your Future...The Next Steps?” Mr. Mendelssohn will intervene on Tuesday 12 June at the Octave Wiéhé Auditorium, Réduit from 9.30 to 11.30 AM and will explain how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is influencing different economic sectors as well as the lives of people.


Mr. Mendelssohn will host a first workshop on Monday 11 June for secondary and Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD) students on the theme “Achieving Success through Education”.


Mr. Mendelssohn is visiting Mauritius at the invitation of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC), Mr. Deepak Balgobin. The purpose of the workshop is to guide students on how to think out of the box to innovate and be successful in life. Although machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be taking up most jobs in the future, the ability to be creative is something computers will not be able to do for the foreseeable future.


Actually, future careers will highly depend on the creative competencies of upcoming employees as companies will soon hire, retain and encourage the most creative people available on the market to maintain their competitive edge.


“The theme of the workshop “Inventing Your Future...The Next Steps?” goes in line with the mandate and vision of the NPCC to promote the productivity movement in Mauritius. AI and innovation have actually been identified as the elements that will drive the businesses of the future. The entire move aligns with the Vision 2030 of the government to transform the country into a high income economy. It is also to be noted that creativity and innovation are the key to achieve this ambition. In this bid, it is important to sow the seeds now so that we can reap the fruits in the next few years,” points out Mr. Balgobin.


Mr. Mendelssohn has been the Outreach Director for the Connecticut Invention Convention from 2013 to 2016 and has developed the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum and trained teachers in the use of the process of inventing to enhance the critical thinking and problem solving skills of their students. Mr. Mendelssohn is presently the international programme coordinator of the STEMIE (STEM linked to Invention and Entrepreneurship) Coalition and his main duties are to `recruit and support affiliates around the world. He has an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Mr. Mendelssohn started a very successful company, Nationwide Robots, which developed and manufactured 1.5 million tall entertainment and promotional Robots. He then developed the first commercial computer interface for controlling small Robots built from Lego parts. He is the founder and current President of the Connecticut Robotics Society, a group of inventors and entrepreneurs interested in all forms of advanced technologies.


He has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford and Trinity College. He is a certified High School teacher at the Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science and the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, where he taught advanced courses in Physics, Robotics, Electronics, Photonics and CAD. He is also the faculty mentor for those schools’ FIRST Robotics teams.


He has recently returned from his 4th visit to China where he has presented seminars at various universities and conferences around the country on education and creativity. His presentation to the Milford Education Foundation consisted of a comparison of the US and Chinese education systems and how the inventing process promoted by the CT Invention Convention programme can enhance school curricula and the achievement of students.

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