The Educational Positioning System

WINNER: Undergraduate - Division Winner

The Educational Positioning System (EPS) will visually and graphically navigate students and parents to a successful education and career by utilizing a modern day equivalent to the GPS system.

Our generation is ready for a breakthrough in the way we manage our education through the same technological methods that Google searches data, the GPS navigate personal journeys, and Amazon ranks our profile for best fit reading material. We propose that a modern day educational method called an Educational Positioning System be designed for all U.S. students. Students and their parents as early as 3rd and 64h grade are interested in their physical, mental, athletic, social, and educational growth. Therefore, we should all have a means to start the process of visually seeing the future possibilities for education, and career choices at any given point along our educational journey.

As students in the Google generation we can and should expect access to data that can be translated into visual decisions. We expect this from our Global Positioning Systems (GPS), our personal profiles on Facebook, Amazon, etc. Unfortunately, as we compare all the educational tests, assessments, and college placement exams from 2nd grade through 12th grade … we realize that we have access to none of the data. It may seem minor, but in the 21st century, lack of data in the hands of the students ultimately means lack of direction, and lack of direction ultimately means lack of completion and success on a very individual level.

Considering the dropping of U.S. educational world rankings is at a national level, we propose that we have a national level solution to help regain the prominence that other industries enjoy. The Educational Positioning System (EPS) is anticipated to be for students, parents and teachers across the U.S. The initial proving ground for the EPS will be to focus one of three of the major challenge areas in Houston, Texas. If a start-up is funded, Lone Star College System has agreed to be the proving ground. Lone Star College System has over 90,000 post-secondary students, and ultimately connect and impact over 800,000 children in the K12 Independent School Districts. These combined 890,000 students represent some of the most impoverished, academically challenged, and urban children in America. The EPS directly addresses the following three challenge areas 1) Skills, Skills, Skills 2) Education Pays, and 3) Finishing Faster.