Shark Tank-style innovation problem pushes college students to search out options to each day issues

Ailani Barr, a freshman at Armstrong Junior High, wants to find a way to relieve her grandmother’s liver problems.

As part of a new project-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning program, FlexFactor, Barr learned the importance of flexible hybrid electronics and how it can be used to solve real-world problems.

In order to detect gastrointestinal diseases and other problems that can result from the liver, she, along with a few other students, came up with the idea of ​​a camera contained in a pill that goes through the digestive system and is attached to the liver to find possible gastric complications.

“We thought about it because my grandma has liver problems and she’s older, so she doesn’t believe in a lot of medical technology. This could give her a way to tell if she has liver problems,” Barr said.

Students across the Golden Triangle are learning about the importance of manufacturing and hybrid electronics.

FlexFactor is locally managed by East Mississippi Community College and owned by the NextFlex research institute. The students identify a problem they want to fix, research a way to solve it and show their project idea to a panel in a “Shark Tank” -style presentation. Camille Cooper, coordinator of the EMCC FlexFactor Outreach, said this program not only teaches students to think critically, but also introduces them to careers that they may not necessarily be familiar with.

Camille Cooper

“We want students to see themselves as something after high school,” said Cooper. “We’re not necessarily trying to push them to EMCC or an advanced manufacturing career. … This program just gives you a lot of different opportunities and teaches you real life. “

Together with Armstrong Junior High, EMCC has partnered with Columbus High School and Golden Triangle Early College High School to produce FlexFactor – with 278 students in those three schools learning skills such as problem identification, research methodology, and slide presentation programs.

The program began in mid-October and ends on November 17, when students present their graduation projects to panels composed of school board members, community partners, and representatives from the Golden Triangle Development Link. Cooper said FlexFactor is bringing K-12 education, college, and the professional industries together to help future generations.

“It’s really rewarding to see how far these students have come in six weeks,” said Cooper. “This program lets you think outside the box. There are already solutions for many things, but that makes them a little more difficult and gives them the opportunity to develop their own solution. “

Katie Young, the AJH freshman faculty sponsor, said the students for this program were selected by those who were in manufacturing and technology for the You Science test, an aptitude test that not only had career interests but also Abilities measures have been accelerated. Young said she loved watching her students excel on this program because it allows them to learn about careers in manufacturing.

“It was great to see our kids doing something outside of their normal routine,” said Young. “It’s a way to apply the skills you’ve learned in the classroom and solve real-world problems. That really gives teenagers strength. “

Barr said FlexFactor inspired her to potentially pursue a career in manufacturing in the future, as she now knows the process of making technological products.

“It was a good experience because I saw how things are done,” said Barr. “… I could imagine doing such a job.”

GoTab Gives Contactless Ordering & Fee Options for Leisure Venues

ARLINGTON, Virginia., June 28, 2021 / PRNewswire / – When summer comes and restrictions are lifted across the country, GoTabThe technology of remains critical to many venues that increase the efficiency and ease of use of contactless ordering and payment options for the festivals, concerts and performances of the season. As a true cloud-based solution, GoTab puts the hospitality industry first and enables fast, cost-effective and seamless deployment in large and small venues.

Give guests control over the ordering process

GoTab gives guests tremendous control over their food and drink orders, giving them more time to enjoy the shows they attend, and not having to stand in line or mark a server. Whether at an intimate concert, an outdoor production or a headlining appearance, the guests can order via QR code and get their drinks or food (or receive them at their seat) in a few minutes and without an app and devote themselves full attention to the Show. Long queues at counter or snack stands are eliminated, orders are delivered to guests more precisely and faster.

Working in a tight job market

Some venues, such as helium comedy society, and Lake Arrowhead Village, demand that the guests remain seated during the performances. With fewer staff available to take orders, GoTab’s intelligent technology enables venues that take up more floor space than standard restaurant operations to automatically send orders directly from guests’ phones to the bar or kitchen for efficiency and service to maximize gastronomy. By relieving GoTab of the task of taking orders, servers can focus on delivering orders quickly and ensuring customer satisfaction, resulting in higher check totals and happier guests.

Seamless menu management

In anticipation of the reopening of entertainment venues, the GoTab team developed advanced features to help operators with service efficiency, order volume management and reporting. GoTab’s master menu management capabilities allow venues to use the platform for multiple food and beverage vendors. You can also offer hybrid ordering models, where customers have the option of choosing delivery to a specific location within the venue, pickup, or counter service. Thanks to the unique zone functions of GoTab and the dynamic item forwarding, food runners know exactly when and where they have to deliver the food and drinks and offer their customers fast and reliable service. The integrated commerce platform is also perfect for managing high volume operations by automatically sending orders to the appropriate BOH stations on the Kitchen display system. Improved options available in the. were created GoTab Manager appwhich enables operators to generate custom reports by Revenue Center and track performance in any pre-defined service area at the venue.

With venues reopening this summer for festivals, concerts, and more entertainment, GoTab is the perfect solution for adding contactless ordering and payment capabilities to venues of all sizes. The cloud-based solution can be deployed in just a few days, with little or no hardware required to be fully functional.

About GoTab, Inc.

GoTab, Inc., a Restaurant Commerce Platform (RCP), helps large and medium-sized restaurants, breweries, bars, hotels, and other entertainment establishments run lean, profitable operations while keeping diners happier. With its easy-to-use POS, contactless ordering and payment functions and kitchen management systems (KMS), it enables customers to order and pay via a server, order and pay directly from their own mobile phone, or combine the two experiences Tab. The guest never has to download a mobile app or create a password. Operators are given flexible capabilities that can be quickly deployed as a stand-alone system or through integration with other popular point-of-sale (POS) systems to tap new revenue streams across food, takeaway and delivery, ghost kitchens, retail groceries, and more . Founded in 2016, GoTab processes over $ 250 million Transactions per year with operations in 35 US states and growing. You can find more information in our Advertising opportunities, Request a demo Here or find out more at

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