who we are
Five Star Innovation began in 2013 with a request by Major General John Charlton, formerly assigned to the Joint Modernization Command, to the President of the El Paso STEM Foundation to create a unique STEM, coding and robotics competition that became known as The Five Star Innovation Cup.
Five STAR Innovation was originally designed to inspire students in low socio-economic areas. The cost is therefore affordable for school districts, parents and their children. We have students who compete in state-level robotics competitions, utilizing low cost robots and materials. The event started with over 50 teams and 300 students and today we are reaching over 20,000 students of which 180 teams competed in the last event. Students also have the opportunity to present their STEM projects to military judges with winners receiving scholarships, internships, and the coveted Five Star Innovation STEM Cup. The event became so successful that Major General Charlton has challenged the Five Star Innovation team to carry this competition to every base in the United States.
This unique partnership with the military provides a platform for superintendents and their staff to be recognized by their communities through public relations held on the base with the Military’s executive team. This helps district staff create sustainable continuous STEM, coding and robotics programming year round. Communities such as Ysleta ISD and Canutillo ISD have seen student performance increases by increased student engagement. This is due to the students interacting directly with the US military leadership, who are the judges for the events. Five Star Innovation helps develop three-year district innovation plans that are cost effective and positively impact all students.