Our required introductory course in Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship focuses on inspiring, hands-on experiences and skill development in STEAM. The course culminates in a final project in which students develop a website addressing a social issue and participate in a “pitch event” with top teams gaining the opportunity to compete in business, pitch, and app challenges around the country.
Courses in the Technology strand emphasize skill building and experiential opportunities.
Courses in the Innovation strand emphasize design and systems thinking and creative problem-solving.
Courses in the entrepreneurship strand emphasize the business of ingenuity.
For students interested in pursuing real-world experience in STEAM and entrepreneurship, we offer an afternoon program each season. Programs vary from year to year and may include Robotics, Start-Up Lab, Engineering, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and more. Emphasizing technology and design thinking, these opportunities expose students to interactive, project-based activities and design, production, and research.
The TIE Certificate is a path to inspire students’ interest in STEAM and entrepreneurship. Students who commit to the TIE Certificate become social entrepreneurs, utilizing technology to address social issues and make positive contributions to our changing world.
To earn the TIE Certificate, a student must complete all of the curricular and co-curricular requirements below:
Participation in TIE afternoon programs for at least two seasons during your time at Porter’s. Options may include:
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Chair - Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Teacher - Mathematics
Dr. John Bryk joined the Porter's community in 2018. He teaches mathematics, AP Computer Science, and an interdisciplinary course on blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin. He is also an advisor for the Math and Coding Team and has coached Mock Trial. Women continue to be underrepresented in the STEM fields. As such, Dr. Bryk's goal as a teacher at Miss Porter's is to inspire his students to see mathematics and programming as tools that can help them solve the problems about which they are passionate. Dr. Bryk loves the sense of community at Porter's. His wife, Emily, teaches in the science department, and they love raising their children, Sam and Ivy, on campus. Dr. Bryk is a board game enthusiast--the more complex the rules, the better!
Teacher - Science; Associate Director of Operations Porter's Center for Global Leadership