GEMS Teachers Imagine the Possibilities at Innovation Lab Open House

Today on the FWSU STORY, we are pleased to share a guest post from GEMS Educational Technology Specialist Eric Hadd which was originally published on the GEMS Innovation Lab blog. We are pleased to showcase all the exciting work happening in this new space. Learn more about FWSU’s wider initiative to create innovation labs in … Continue reading GEMS Teachers Imagine the Possibilities at Innovation Lab Open House

BFA Fairfax’s Innovation Lab to Spark Authentic Learning Challenges

By Rhonda Siemons, Sandy Brown, Kendra Myers, and Victoria Minor Science and technology spaces (classrooms, labs, maker spaces, design studios, and project spaces) need to be designed to prepare future generations of integrative problem-solvers with the purpose of inspiring students to learn, explore, and discover in order to develop a deep understanding and appreciation of … Continue reading BFA Fairfax’s Innovation Lab to Spark Authentic Learning Challenges

FWSU Receives Bay and Paul Grant to Focus on Innovation and Global Partnerships

  FWSU is excited again to announce the Bay and Paul Foundation has granted FWSU $60,000 to continue its work engaging our students with students and classrooms from around the world. In addition, our grant funding this year will also allow FWSU schools to begin building our capacity for global connections in innovation through the creation … Continue reading FWSU Receives Bay and Paul Grant to Focus on Innovation and Global Partnerships

Innovations STEM from Fletcher Everest Project

Target 4 – Engaged Community Partners. FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world. Action Steps – (1) Plan and manage instruction around problems relevant to students and their community and develop solutions for authentic … Continue reading Innovations STEM from Fletcher Everest Project

THE FWSU STORY: Rising Practices that Converge to Transform Education

When I was an English major in college, one of my favorite authors was Flannery O’Connor. Toward the end of her life, she wrote a collection of short stories entitled Everything That Rises Must Converge. I loved that book of stories and remember thinking about what the title meant in relationship to each of the … Continue reading THE FWSU STORY: Rising Practices that Converge to Transform Education

THE FWSU STORY: When a Keychain Is Not Just a Keychain

Three years ago when planning how to integrate innovation spaces into FWSU schools, we explored the emerging technology of 3D printing. At that time, many schools seemed to be using the technology to print everyday objects, like keychains. Although this was new and trendy, the leadership team agreed we wanted more: our 3D printing experiences … Continue reading THE FWSU STORY: When a Keychain Is Not Just a Keychain