5 October 2014

The next Steve Jobs: unleashing the great minds of tomorrow with innovative science education paradigm and design creativity

October 5, 2014 – 2:45 to 3:45 PM – Portland, OR
CEFPI Annual Conference: Blazing Trails, a Journey of Learning

Sonnet Hui, LEED AP, and David Hart, AIA, LEED AP, will be presenting with Gordon McNeill, President of the Sage Hill School, “The Next Steve Jobs,” a case study about the how to design for a new (disruptive) way of teaching and learning.

Are we prepared to welcome the next generation of thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs, creators and disrupters into our school environments? Independent K-12 education sits at the center of a strong, sustainable future for our country because of its adaptability to changing circumstances and environments. The Sage Hill School’s next-generation Science Center promotes discovery through interdisciplinary collaboration and active inquiry-based classroom experiences. It fuels innovative teaching and builds on the fundamentals of science to benefit not only its students but also those in the greater community through partnerships with universities, non-profit organizations, and local businesses. Learn how innovation and creative design thinking was used as the basis for design, fundraising, construction delivery and curriculum development, thus approaching education holistically. With the unveiling of the Exploratorium, Phase II of the Science Center, Sage Hill strives to give students a safe place to explore, create and most importantly, to fail. This “Makerspace” challenges, inspires, and prepares students for an open-ended future by nurturing 21st century learners who thrive on interdisciplinary collaboration, and global citizens who respect and give back to the world community. The result: students with the confidence to use their talents to initiate positive and groundbreaking solutions to virtually any type of problem. Come experience firsthand design thinking in action and let your imagination translate into meaningful initiatives in education.

Objectives:
Next Generation Learning Environments
Programming, Planning and Design/Programming Paradigms
Community Input/Ownership and Feedback
Engagement, Motivation and Challenging Educators in the Planning Process

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