Innovation Academy 2015 a great success!

Innovation Academy 2015 marks the 5th year of the academy’s existence. Innovation Academy started as a brainstorm between SVVSD and IBM, where we invite students to innovate alongside professional engineers in an engaging, free-thinking environment. As the program developed, and the foundations of our inquiry-based instruction strengthened, we began seeing amazing shifts in students’ thinking, dispositions, and creations, and heard more and more students asking ‘why can’t school be more like this’?

Day 08 - Smarter Communication (Middle School)

An extremely productive day of prototyping and refining. We began by doing a building design challenge that supports weight.

Day 08 - Smarter Energy (Middle School)

Day 8 was all about prototyping!! We started out the day with a mini design challenge that was focused on creative confidence.

Day 08 - Smarter Public Safety (Middle School)

Students began today with about a half hour to work on prototypes before a full feedback session.

Day 08 - Smarter Commerce (Middle School)

We started the day with a film clip from Apollo 13: showing how Ground Control had to make a carbon dioxide mitigation tool for the Apollo c

Day 08 - Smarter Cities (Middle School)

Today was all about prototyping and feedback andthen some more prototyping and fe

Day 07 - Smarter Communication (Middle School)

Today was a big brainstorming and idea day.

Day 07 - Smarter Cities (Middle School)

Today was a busy day with lots of energy and enthusiasm.  We started off the day with a focus on the define stage – what will the

Day 07 - Smarter Public Safety (Middle School)

Having just set the seeds for their ideas at the end of yesterday, students were ready to continue the design process and start creatin