Innovation and creativity belong in the classroom, and this process of teaching and learning looks different than a traditional education. We asked our Shark Tank winner, Gage DeSoto, what this type of learning opportunity means to him. Gage shared, “I loved this experience. The week was really good. This is one of the things that most schools don’t teach. Having a week to be responsible for our own time, to think about working on something that would be useful was really great. Also, Ms. Royes kept an eye on things, gave us pointers, but let us figure things out. It was great to really concentrate on working one thing and do it really well.” Check out Gage DeSoto’s winning idea here!
Today, students are no longer solely motivated by the traditional learning model that has existed for over a century, and schools must reimagine the classrooms that will best support today’s students’ needs. Siloing kids through a series of courses where acquisition of knowledge is the primary objective has become obsolete with the age of digital information. What we must offer are learning environments that foster a critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. We owe it to our students to rethink existing structures of education, so that we can expand the ways that we offer these opportunities.
Kids shouldn’t have to wait to become grown-ups to know that they have an important role to play in their community and in shaping their future. Learning opportunities like our week of Celebration of Innovation and this last Friday’s Shark Tank event honor the importance of teaching design, imagining new technologies, and transforming the way we think about our future. We are committed to continue to redesign the traditional model of teaching and learning in order to encourage students to take their creative thoughts, explore possibilities, and design their future. We are committed to allow students the opportunity to redefine how things work, to empower them to focus on solutions, and to inspire our students to know that their ideas will shape the future. Do you remember when you were a kid and thought you could do anything? We believe our kids can!
Congratulations to the eight teams who took the extra step of applying and practicing for Shark Tank after Celebration of Innovation. You all prepared and presented beautifully! Nice work! Our three winners, listed below, received gift cards to locally owned businesses.
1st Place – The Huver, Gage DeSoto
2nd Place – SmartNotes, Sydney Dedrick, Rachel McCann, Kira Gilbert
3rd Place – Buzz Bed – Bridget Miller, Caroline Vaughn, Sequoyah Walther-Gingold
The Last Drop – Josie Parks, Maysa Tuftin, Elizabeth Mergenthaler, Lauren Schelling
Safety 1st – Maggie Martin, Clara Martin, Meredith Nader
Tracers – Henry Habein, Olivia Filipowicz
The Doublesided Toothbrush – Maya Hoffman, Tatam Doan, Bella Moore
Smart Ref – Luke Neilson, Hunter Asato