We bring together the most creative youth and the most analytical ones, especially those residing in under-resourced communities, to introduce them to the power of design, science, technology and business to solve today’s most complex problems.
There is a quiet storm brewing in the innovation economy. Persons who are as creative as designers, tech savvy as scientist and technologists and as driven as entrepreneurs are extremely valuable, highly sought-after and considering the complexity of today’s problems will remain in great demand for a long time.
We create immersive hands-on experiences that places a high value on developing a sense of belonging in the innovation community. Once students develop a desire to be a part (will) they will seek the skills to participate. Skill follows will.
Our students are constantly challenged to take one step towards making their mark. They learn that doing, failing & iterating not infinite planning & talking is the pathway to becoming makers and doers that make things happen.
Our Projects & Programs
How many middle school or for that matter high school students know what Hydrophobic surfaces are? That was Friday’s lab which went much better than Wednesday’s Thermochromic slime. We aren’t sure if it was our make-shift saline solution or the...
After many months of pre-development work, WayFinders (an inter-disciplinary learning experience for middle and high school students) launched this past week. Each day students arrive excited and leave exhausted. One student said “that if school was like this...
Note to Parents: Our first year of iFp Saturdays couldn’t have been better. We received great reports from parents and students. We look forward to doing it again in the Fall. As mentioned on Saturday, we are looking to build something special. Our hope is to...
Integrated Creative Problem Solving (iCps)
Our Integrated Creative Problem Solving (iCps) framework is a design process that helps youth unlock unique, innovative solutions to the problems they care about most. It actives both left-brain and right-brain, empathy and logic, creativity and analysis.
While this framework often directs students toward science, technology, engineering and math methods to solve problems, students naturally pull STEM concepts into their solutions in an integrated, non-threatening manner. Our approach broadens participation in STEM and broadens students innovation mindset.