Innovation Alive 7th Grade Students Show Off Ideas at Pioneer Service

The Science & Entrepreneurship Exchange (SEE) is in its 6th year of inspiring and mobilizing the next generation of America’s innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, engineers, and manufacturing geniuses. The SEE program focuses on constructing experiences geared toward students in 3rd through 8th grade. Its curriculum revolves around helping students build, fund, and manage real startups around their inventions.

During these pivotal school years SEE believes this is where the next generation of big thinkers lie, therefore the Innovation Alive Challenge was born to help nurture these amazing ideas and real-word experiences.This summer Indian Trail Junior High School was selected to participate in SEE’s Innovation Alive Challenge. The twenty-six selected Indian Trail students, together with their local business mentor Pioneer Service, will create a real startup based around a table lamp invention, and compete for a shot at national distribution through Chicago-based Land of Nod.

Students hear about Swiss machining from Eric Smith at Pioneer Service Inc.

Only July 7th, each Indian Trail student team will pitch their table lamp invention to a panel of successful inventors and business people, including the CEO of the Land of Nod. This panel will select the one table lamp for national distribution through the Land of Nod catalog. All in all, at the end of the challenge each student will experience produce design, solving real-world problems, and developing a real business to market their invention providing a deep impact to students and their communities.


July 7, 2017 at Indian Trail Jr. High School – Innovation Alive Challenge Winners with mentor Aneesa Muthana, President and Owner of Pioneer Service Inc.


This summer 28 incoming 8th grade students to Indian Trail Jr. High had the opportunity to learn about product development by creating their own new product for actual production due to a grant provided by Crate & Barrel for their Land of Nod catalog. The students were divided up into teams and together selected the challenge of designing a lamp for young children.

These young ladies were on one of the teams coached and mentored at Pioneer Service Inc, where they learned about engineering, marketing and much more. They made their pitch to the management team at Pioneer on June 21st, where they received input to refine their presentations and ideas. On July 7th made their final pitch to Land of Nod judges where they were selected as the winning team. The lamp they designed went through several different renditions, with the final model featured a white-board base.