Innevator Spotlight on Elizabeth Marconi, Planet3

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Elizabeth Marconi

Nevada School and Partnership Coordinator
Planet3

Q&A

What does your company do?
Planet3 is an exploration-based learning company founded by educators, scientists, and game developers passionate about revolutionizing science education. Planet3 is crafting a digital platform using immersive media and game-inspired digital technology to develop a comprehensive, exploration-based curriculum based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Planet3’s mission is to empower students to solve the complex challenges facing our planet and ignite a passion for lifelong learning in the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) fields.

What is your role?
As the Nevada School and Partnership Coordinator, I provide professional learning experiences and support to teachers across Nevada. The feedback the company receives from the educators is a key component of the iterative design process of the curriculum. During the pilot period, the curriculum and platform are being enhanced to optimize the experience for the user and to increase student achievement.

Where did you grow up and attend school?
I grew up in the Philadelphia area in Bucks County. I attended Temple University’s College of Science and Technology as an undergraduate and the College of Education as a graduate student. After moving to Las Vegas, I earned a Master of Education degree in K-12 Education Administration at UNLV.

What brought you to The Innevation Center?
One of Mr. Roy’s goals for education is to provide quality learning opportunities in the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. Mr. Roy has invested in Planet3 and with our product we plan to increase the number of students in the STEAM pipeline in Nevada and eventually across the nation. Having a Planet3 office at the Innevation center enables us to leverage the Switch network, developing collaborative relationships across the tech and education community in Las Vegas and the state. I feel excited and fortunate to work in this hub of tech innovation as we work to improve education in Nevada and across the United States.

How has technology changed your business?
Technology has enabled Planet3 to promote transformational change in the manner students learn science. Planet3’s interactive platform puts students into an experiential mode where they explore Earth’s dramatic history and uncertain future. Every student constructs their own knowledge of standards-based curriculum topics through immersion in captivating story narratives, rich media, and game-based missions designed by master software designers. With great emphasis on data analytics and data visualization, Planet3 empowers students to gather evidence, develop arguments, and arrive at their own conclusions. Students are challenged to participate in real science, utilizing customized software linked to leading scientists and the most advanced Earth observing networks of NASA, NOAA, and other research entities. The technology on the back end of our platform enables our content to be dynamically generated and flexibly delivered. This system of tools allows us to deliver rich, interactive content and media into classrooms everywhere, even in districts with low bandwidths. We’ve leveraged the technology to deliver a robust, 3D user experience like no other in the classroom.

What is your favorite local spot?
The River Mountain Loop Trail. It’s a great way to exercise while viewing beautiful scenery. Sometimes you see the local wildlife including bighorn sheep and rattlesnakes.

Phone call or text message?
Business- A phone call
Personal- Text message

Twitter or Facebook?
Business- Twitter
Personal- Facebook

Who would you most like to have dinner with (dead or alive)?
My father. He taught me so much and I wish I had one more opportunity to talk with him.

If you could time travel, would you go forward or backward?
Forward. I’d love to see how technology progresses and the impact humans have on the planet.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Whatever decision you make will end up being the right one.” This advice was given to me by one of my college professors when I was trying to decide if I should move to Las Vegas. I consider this advice whenever I am confronted with a choice that involves risk.

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