Local digital solutions firm launches Thinkers Lab after-school program that combines technology + entrepreneurship

August 7, 2017 in Cultivate, Press Releases

A Cultivated Mindset, a Charlotte-based technology solutions firm, announced today the launch of its new, innovative Thinker’s Lab after-school program for Charlotte youth. After successfully piloting the program at Charlotte Lab School in uptown Charlotte, the firm will be expanding the program to other schools in the Charlotte area.

Thinker’s Lab is an after-school program designed to provide a unique learning experience by combining digital media, technology and entrepreneurship for grade school children. The program will teach them critical IT and development skills through participation with technology. Through the program, each student creates a technology project, from websites and mobile applications to future product designs for a non-existing hardware.

“Our program will highlight digital media and technology and help schools address the overwhelming void in the digital media and technology space,” said Patrick Hill, Executive Director of A Cultivated Mindset. “We believe this program is a great addition to any current school curriculum by bridging the technology gap.”

The program uses the formal method for practical, creative resolution of problems and creation of solutions called design thinking, it is a form of solution-based, or solution-focused thinking – starting with a goal (a better future situation) instead of solving a specific problem.

In the spirit of collaboration, Thinkers Lab is partnering with Jump-In (www.Jumpin.io). a social ecosystem focused on changing education as we know it today. Through an innovative approach in which students of tomorrow are equipped to lead, collaborate, and drive their own learning in STEAM and are rewarded for doing so.

A Cultivated Mindset & Charlotte Mayor congratulate Charlotte Lab School students for creating and developing start-ups

January 18, 2017 in Community, Cultivate, Education, Stem, Uncategorized
[vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]If you didn’t know by now, ACM loves helping out in the community. This past August we started an after school program called Tech All-Stars an elementary education program focused on STEM education, at Charlotte Lab School, a new charter school located in uptown Charlotte. In the program third through fifth grade students receive a Chromebook, learn the skills needed to create a business, and then start a business of their own. Not only did the students develop concepts for their own businesses, they also created websites to brand their services.

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A Cultivated Mindset Supports Youth Basketball Programs

December 29, 2016 in Community, Cultivate

A YMCA youth basketball program has netted a trusted sponsor. The Dowd YMCA has been sponsored by A Cultivated Mindset to support families in need and supply basketball equipment. The program not only instills teamwork and camaraderie, but it’s a place for youth to develop their talent — one of the reasons we wanted to give back. “We are thrilled to come together with our partners in the community and government to help bring a bright future to every child in Charlotte,” Patrick Hill, Executive Director of A Cultivated Mindset said. A Cultivated Mindset has donated to YMCA youth programs for over 10 years by way of volunteering or donating funds to help enrich their programs. We hope to continue in the future for as long as possible.