We are very pleased that our Head of School, Adam Tilove, was featured in a conversation about innovation in schools in the YUSP Spring 2016 Quarterly. While it was our billboard that caught their attention initially, JCDSRI’s reputation as a leader in STEAM and design preceded us: in fact, Mr. Tilove was mentioned in the YUSP Fall […]
As it turns out, bridges are tough to build. Especially with constraints. Students were only allowed to use 100 popsicle sticks and white glue to build their bridges! Constraints drive creativity. Third graders persevered and learned to ‘fail forward fast’ and have a ‘bias toward action.’ Fail forward fast inspires designers to go with their […]
When you’re a kindergartner in the design lab, there’s something very important to keep in mind: teamwork. As young engineers, we know that by working together, we can accomplish more. Students were introduced to my good friend, Paul the ping pong ball. There’s just one problem with Paul; he has TOO much energy! In order […]
In PreK, we designed an umbrella for Itsy, our spider friend. He was SO sick of getting wet every time it rains! We picked the materials we thought would work best. We had the choice of using plastic, tin foil, felt, or paper. Once we finished our umbrellas, we tested them to see if they […]
We are delighted to share this incredible video highlighting our partnership with the Brown/RISD STEAM club. We hope you enjoy this introduction to Design Thinking at work at JCDSRI!
If you have been paying attention to educational buzzwords recently, you may have noticed a slow migration of thought. First, we were obsessed with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Then we moved from STEM to STEAM, adding an A for the Arts to humanize the purely scientific study of STEM. This initiative was led by […]