We believe that when you are excited to learn, that enthusiasm translates into a genuine love of learning. Our curriculum enables students to take a hands-on approach to their education which, in turn, delivers authentic learning experiences and develops important problem-solving skills that will serve them well through their entire academic life.
As part of our quest to engage young minds, we have created spaces that emphasize the use of each student’s imagination and creativity to foster a sense of inquiry and excitement about the curriculum. These spaces are used to focus the mind yet give students the freedom to express themselves and take risks in and beyond the classroom.
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. Their openness allows original ideas to flow and frees them from habits that may limit their potential.
Display empathy. Students are able to 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 train 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.
The perimeter of the main space will have communal workbenches that can be equipped with various hand tools, while the center is set up for instruction and presentations with group tables that are adjustable in height. There is enough open space to allow for a robotics test area, too.
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.