Explore and Test Ideas in Real-World Situations

When students are excited to learn, their enthusiasm translates into a genuine love of learning. Our hands-on approach develops critical problem-solving skills and fosters a sense of inquiry and excitement about the curriculum. Our innovation-fueled program is designed to focus young minds while giving students the freedom to express themselves and take risks beyond the classroom.

A Model for Creativity and Innovation

We use the Torrance Incubation Model of Creative Teaching and Learning (TIM) as one foundational concept for our curricular focus on imagination and innovation in learning. Using the TIM Model, teachers take students through three critical stages of learning.

Using the model, students learn to:

Predict, imagine, and explore things that do not yet exist. By glimpsing the future, they are free to wonder and dream about the possibilities and view events as open-ended.

Be flexible in their thinking. Students understand there are many ways to the right answer and are therefore open to listening to and creating alternative ideas. Additionally, they gain the ability to see things from a different visual and psychological.

Experience out of the box thinking. Students' openness allows original ideas to flow and frees them from habits that may limit their potential.

Display empathy. Students can observe and respond appropriately to verbal and non-verbal cues so that they gain a better understanding of people and situations.

Innovation Spaces Focus the Mind

The Imagination Space

For younger students, Rippowam Cisqua created an Imagination Space where students, face weekly challenges that teach them how to think differently. Using academic play as a backdrop, students enthusiastically take part in problem-solving and goal-setting exercises.

The Innovation Center

The Innovation Center gives our older students a space to explore their ideas, manipulate real-world materials, and test new technology. Through interdisciplinary projects, students use this highly collaborative environment to enhance their understanding of the curriculum through a hands-on approach using modern equipment.

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  • 2,400 square foot light-filled space

    The Innovation Center opens directly to an outdoor amphitheater through three sets of folding glass doors that open like an accordion up to 14 feet wide.
  • Flexible work zones

    The perimeter of the main space has communal workbenches that are equipped with various hand tools. The center is set up for instruction and presentations with group tables that are adjustable in height. 
  • Hand tools

    All the power tools you would find in a wood shop, such as saws, drill press, routers, and lots of hand tools. These are great for teaching students to work with tools safely and build projects from raw materials.
  • Modern fabricating machinery

    The Innovation Center is equipped with a CNC cutter, laser cutter, 3D printers, and vinyl cutter. These tools require designs generated on the computer so they make teaching students digital design more fun and rewarding.
  • Two additional workshops

    There are two 310 square foot workshops separated from the main space by a glass wall. This is where computer-based or smaller group work can be done in a quieter setting.
  • Welding station

    Similar to woodworking, welding allows students the opportunity to fabricate original designs from raw materials.
Lower Campus (PreK-Grade 4)
325 West Patent Road
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
phone: (914) 244-1200
Upper Campus (Grades 5-9)
439 Cantitoe Street 
Bedford, NY 10506
phone: (914) 244-1250
Rippowam Cisqua School is a PreK-Grade 9 independent day school in Westchester County, New York. RCS offers challenging academics built on innovation, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, wellness, leadership, service learning, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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