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Lowerpoint Road, State Hwy 371
Crownpoint NM 87313

Phone: 505.786.4100
Fax: 505.786.5644

 

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PO Box 849, Chinle AZ, 86503
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PO Box 1203, Teec Nos Pos, AZ 86514
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540 Road 6580, Kirtland, NM 87417
Phone: 505.598.4580

 

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67 301 North, Zuni, NM 87327
Phone: 505.782.6010 or 6022

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Crownpoint, NM — Navajo Technical University’s Ke’yah Advanced Rural Manufacturing Alliance (KARMA) hosted its 2nd Annual Innoventure Product Challenge that gathered over 100 students from five regional Middle and High Schools from the Navajo Nation. The event featured students creating 3D Navajo HeadStart toy products that were judged on creativity and a business presentation that marketed their product. Students also received words of acknowledgment from the Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and impress upon the students to emulate the cultural readiness to meet the future challenges of the Navajo Nation.

“The students were responsive and it was very good to see the level of professionalism and expertise they displayed,” said KARMA’s Outreach Coordinator, Lavern Moore. “We want this to become an annual event and we look forward to bringing in more schools for our next challenge. This should also attract a variety of student designers with ideas and products.”

 

2019 Innoventure Product Challenge 1
Navajo Nation President Johnathan Nez amazed by Little Singer Community School’s sweat lodge group. Aaliyah Belone, Jaymie George, and Tasha Wagner presented their 3D printed sweat lodges to President Johnathan Nez.

 

KARMA is funded by the Kellogg Foundation and consist of NTU partnerships with New Mexico State University Arrowhead Center, Emergence Group, Independent Platform, and Emerging Technology Ventures. The event was successfully held at the NTU’s Wellness Center. The KARMA partnership is working to stimulate the Navajo economy by creating career pathways from K-12 through College rooted in technological innovation and advanced manufacturing.

“We enjoyed being a part of the Innoventure Product Challenge over the past two years,” said Lydia Hammond, Deputy Director of Innoventure from Arrowhead Center, NMSU. “Our partnership with NTU and KARMA has been great and seeing the final products middle school and high school students created was very inspiring. This has been a great partnership and we look forward to what the future will bring.”

 

2019 Innoventure Product Challenge 2
Aaliyah Belone (Left), Jaymie George (Middle), and Tasha Wagner (Center) representing Little Singer Community School educating Zetdi Sloan (Right) of NMSU Arrowhead Center, about their 3D printed sweat lodge toy.

 

The regional and area high school and middle schools represented at the event were Crownpoint Middle and High School, St. Michaels Indian School, St. Bonaventure Mission School, and Little Singer Community School. Each schools also participates in KARMA’s 3D Summer Camp where they are introduced to advanced manufacturing technology and software like TinkCAD.

The Innoventure Product Challenge was strongly endorsed by the Navajo Nation President, Jonathan Nez, who welcomed the students and encouraged them to continue their educational journey. Shayna Begay, Advisory Board Member from Sandia National Laboratory, and Terry Dayish, Manager of Government Relations for Arizona Public Service, also shared words of inspiration for the students and the importance of participating in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic events.

 

2019 Innoventure Product Challenge 3
St. Michaels Indian School’s Code Talkers Action Figure group presented their 3D printed action figures. The students that represented their creation were Trey Largo, Geoffery Baker, and Isaac Pinto.

 

The Innoventure Product Challenge was sponsored by W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Navajo Transitional Energy Company, Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, Choice Wireless NTUA, Sacred Wind Communications, Emergence Group, Butlers Office Supply, McDonalds, Pizza9, and Sizzlers.

To learn more about the Innoventure Product Challenge or Keyah Advanced Rural Manufacturing Alliance (KARMA) at Navajo Technical University contact Keanu Jones at k.jones1@student.navajotech.edu or Lavern Moore at lkmoore@navajotech.edu.

Contact NTU

Navajo Technical University
Lowerpoint Road, State Hwy 371
Crownpoint, NM 87313

Phone: 505.786.4100
Fax: 505.786.5644


Chinle Instructional Site
PO Box 849, Chinle, AZ 86503

Phone: 928.674.5764
Fax: 928.674.5700


Teec Nos Pos Instructional Site
PO Box 1203, Teec Nos Pos, AZ 86514

Phone: 928.656.3600
Fax: 928.656.3596


Kirtland Instructional Site
540 Road 6580, Kirtland, New Mexico 87417

Phone: 505.598.4580


Zuni Instructional Site
67 301 North, Zuni, NM 87327

Phone: 505.782.6010