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How Are We Preparing Students to Be Tomorrow's Innovators?  Follow the discussion on Empowering Education Leaders to Innovate on Wednesday Jan. 30 at 3pm PST.

How Are We Preparing Students to Be Tomorrow's Innovators? 

According to the just-released Gallup-HOPE index for 2012, developing a world-changing invention is an aspiration shared by 42 percent of youth in grades 5-12. That's good news. Given the scale of challenges facing us--in our own backyards and around the globe--it's easy to see that we're going to need every good idea the next generation has to offer. What are schools doing to prepare today's students to be tomorrow's innovators? I recently went on a hunt for schools that are serious about teaching students to innovate. Given the right conditions, students eagerly step up to the challenge of becoming not only better thinkers, but also makers, doers, and problem solvers. What can school leaders do to encourage more of these kinds of experiences?

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The Photosynthesis Cycle"

Oxygen makes up just 21 percent of the air we breathe. Carbon dioxide, argon, ozone, water vapor and other gasses make up a tiny portion of it, as little as 1 percent. These gasses probably came from several processes as the Earth evolved and grew as a planet. But some scientists believe that the Earth's atmosphere would never have contained the oxygen we need without plants. Plants (and some bacteria) release oxygen during photosynthesis, the process they use to change water and carbon dioxide into sugar they can use for food. Photosynthesis is a complex reaction. 6CO2 + 12H2O + Light -> C6H12O6 + 6O2+ 6H2O In other words, while we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, plants inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. Without the sun to feed plants (and the plants to release oxygen), we might not have breathable air.

Obviously, plants are important, but not just because they give us food to eat and oxygen to breathe. Science.