Why design innovation?
Design Innovation is a way of thinking rather than a curriculum. Students have the freedom to explore using design and hands-on learning which empowers them to discover talents, skills, and interests. One of the many things that makes Seven Peaks School unique is flexibility. As an independent school, we are able to explore progressive ways of teaching and learning without the limitations of standardized testing. One thing we see everyday is that kids learn best by tinkering, making, creating, designing, innovating, and hands-on activities. Our Celebration of Innovation in middle school is a successful piece of the design cycle curriculum when students solve real world problems with the opportunity to make a real impact in the world.
At Seven Peaks we value Information Technology Skills (ITS) and integrate technology in our regular classes. ITS helps students understand technology concepts, systems and operations, and provides increased digital literacy. ITS provides background knowledge, and we reach beyond it with program and product design primarily through the International Baccalaureate Design Cycle. Students use critical and creative thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, and solve problems. They make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources to develop a solution or complete a project. Critical and creative thinking leads to multiple solutions and opportunities to hear different points of view. The benefits are having fun while learning with others and learning language to use while problem solving collaboratively. Design and innovation allows the freedom to experiment, take risks and fail, and start over again. Students will tinker, create, design, collaborate, succeed, fail, and become believers in a mentality of, “Anything is possible if you put your mind to it!”
Follow SPS design lab progress
After extensive research of some of the most innovative teaching practices in the nation, Seven Peaks students, staff and parents got involved in the early stages of the planning and design process. In spring of 2017, our library will begin its transformation into a Design and Innovation Lab. The lab will be equipped with a multi-media center, 3-Dimensional equipment, and innovative technology and software to inspire and engage our students at all grade levels. We are on track to open our lab in the Fall of 2017. Follow our progress as the transformation takes place!
Documentary Screening: “Most Likely to Succeed”
Recently, Seven Peaks School provided the opportunity for our community including parents and staff members to view this inspirational documentary. Our 5th through 8th grade students took time out of classroom instruction to view the film “Most Likely to Succeed” which aligns with our Design & Innovation Lab. Directly following the film, our 6th grade students blogged about their thoughts and opinions. Below is one of those thoughtful comments.
“I agree that jobs are changing and I believe that Seven Peaks is using good criteria to prepare us, like having to get used to presenting in front of the entire class and working in groups and cooperating to make a presentation or project. We also are rarely micro-managed by teachers and we use our teachers to bounce ideas off of. Seven Peaks also prepares their students for their careers like having a deadline in a few days. Also Seven Peaks lets you be yourself which is very important.” — Luke, SPS Student
How the Design Thinking is reshaping education?
Design thinking and innovation is not new to SPS. In fact, our teachers have been thought leaders in bringing hands-on, inquiry based, creative thinking to our classrooms. The Design & Innovation Lab will give us the tools and equipment to take the Design Initiative to the next level. For more information, please read and view the following articles and video supporting design thinking.