Aecern – At The Cutting Edge

A program that engages students grades 6 and up in emerging technologies while working on solutions to urgent, authentic problems facing professionals in these fields.

Ignite Winner October 20, 2021

Rapidly evolving technologies like AI, advanced manufacturing, robotics, and data science are transforming our society and opening up important new career opportunities, but also exacerbating inequities that disproportionately impact minorities and women. Aecern’s At the Cutting Edge program addresses this urgent challenge by engaging students in grades 6 and up in these emerging technologies and associated careers while working on solutions to urgent, authentic problems facing professionals in these fields.

Featured professionals are selected to reflect the diversity in demographics, background, education and technologies required for an effective and inclusive workforce of the future. Students engage with these career role models virtually on the Scoutlier digital learning platform as they imagine, design, share and pitch their solutions. This program is being piloted with educators in Tampa FL and is available nationally.

“Rapid Innovation inspires children to be problem solvers as the students of all ages participate in the analysis of a community need and come together to creatively solve the problem.” – Nathan, Grade 11

“We will be able to reach underrepresented students through the platform and provide them with experiences that will acquaint them with prospective career pathways, such as a career in medicine. This will also diversify careers that historically have an underrepresentation of African American and Latinx people.” – Simone Brookins Jenkins, PhD

For information about Aecern and At the Cutting Edge, visit


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