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  • Post by Kristina Osborn, NuVuX Program Designer at NuVu in Cambridge, MA

    At our NuVuX partner school All Saints Academy, students showcased their work in three Upper School studios as part of the December Expo. The exhibition included a special collaborative studio called “Gathering Lights.” In this studio, students used light to augment, amplify and expand the meaning and understanding of something significant in their own daily lives. In collaboration with our NuVuX school in Rehyanli, Turkey called Karam House, students used light as a medium for storytelling and connection across long distances.

    Projects included Purpose of Perspective, where students created custom formed letter objects that created different words when light shifted from one side to the other; the Infinity Mirror, which linked math, the universal language, to an interactive mirror illusion; and The Human Scale, a dancer-inspired sculpture which balanced glowing orbs on its spine. Students regularly met with their peers in Turkey to develop projects that were rooted in their own experience, but were able to be understood from thousands of miles away.

  • Post by Dyani Robarge, Design Education Fellow at Episcopal School in Baton Rouge, LA

    NuVuX is going strong in Louisiana. The program has just kicked off another semester at the Episcopal School of Baton Rouge and students have adjusted well to the school’s beautiful new build space.

    The engineering-focused studios are taking a dive under Louisiana’s watery depths this spring. Students in the “Swampbots” studio will design robots that float along the swamp’s surface, scuttle along the shoreline or traverse the banks of the Baton Rouge lakes system in order to aid with the area’s ecological restoration efforts.

    Our entrepreneurship studio, “Culinary Crossroads,” is partnering with students at the Karam House Foundation in Istanbul, Turkey to design and market food products that appeal to an international audience. After developing a regional dish and tailoring it to another culture’s tastes, students will develop a business plan and marketing campaign for their food product.

    In what ways can our words occupy our surroundings? Through a series of design and writing exercises, students in the humanities-based studio “Space and Place” are analyzing the city’s makeup, histories, and the lives of the people behind neighborhood stories. 

  • Post by Rima Das, Design Education Fellow at Wonder in Wichita, Kansas

    At NuVuX-Wonder in Wichita, Kansas, students participated in an investor pitch today. The students are creating products that they will sell on Etsy by the end of the session. Today, they pitched their products to investors and used their prototypes to get additional funding to create more refined versions.

    The first team is making scented candles with prizes inside, the second team is creating an animal storage container, the third team is making slime, and the fourth team is designing a board game!

  • The Valley News covered our NuVuX program in Woodstock, VT where students are working with our Fellow, Max Vanatta, as part of the Innovation, Design, Engineering and Action (IDEA) class and three other classes to learn about the design process, feedback, and constructive failure.

    Read the piece:

    In Woodstock, High School Innovation Lab Teaches Constructive Failure

    Published in The Valley News
    Piece by Sarah Earle, Valley News Staff Writer
    Photo Credit to James M. Patterson, Valley News

  • Post by James Addison, Design Education Fellow at Kelvinside Academy in Glasgow U.K.

    Greetings from Scotland! New ideas are in the air at Kelvinside Academy in Glasgow, where construction of the new Innovation School is juxtaposed against the school’s historic stone facade from 1878. This term will bring to an exciting conclusion to the first year of NuVu’s inaugural European partnership with Kelvinside Academy.

    This year’s theme of “Future Worlds” was explored throughout this past term. In Super-Enabling Devices, 7th-grade students collaborated with residents at Balmanno House, a residential care facility, to design devices that empower users to perform tasks above and beyond their former capability. In Fables Retold: Beyond the Book, students analyzed the structure of favorite fables and re-imagined them through augmented reality.

    The theme of “Future Worlds” will continue this term through studios centered on “Future Cities” and “Future Nature.” The term begins with 8th-grade students in Unveiling the Unseen, a studio that will challenge students to design a personal device that transforms their experience of exploring urban space. Later in the term, in Bio-Wearables, 6th-grade students will create body-extensions based on natural phenomenon they discover and research in the nearby Glasgow Botanic Gardens. 

  • As part of International Day of Disabled Persons (IDPD) 2018 on Monday, December 3, NuVu collaborated with Heidi Latsky Dance to produce the ON DISPLAY Global event at the Boston Architectural College. The performative wearables designed by our NuVu students for the event silhouetted the dancers for this unique show.

    As the UN states, "The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. This theme focuses on the empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    The 2030 Agenda, pledging to 'leave no one behind,' is an ambitious plan of action of the international community towards a peaceful and prosperous world, where dignity of an individual person and equality among all is applied as the fundamental principle, cutting across the three pillars of the work of the United Nations: Development, Human Rights and Peace and Security. It is critical to ensure, in this regard, the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and create enabling environments by, for and with persons with disabilities."

    More info on the event can be found at https://the-bac.edu/experience-the-bac/news-and-events/events/on-display-global.

  • NuVu Summer 2019 has launched!
     

    ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!


    We have three summer programs launching today - open to students, ages 11-18.

    Summer 2019 Programs:

    Summer 2019 "Bioinfinity" (Ages 11-13, Grades 6-8)
    NuVu at MIT Design Studios "On The Brink" (Ages 14-18, Grades 9-12, Post-High School)
    NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential (Ages 14-18, Grades 9-12, Post-High School)


    Summer 2019 Program Dates:
    Session I:    July 8-19, 2019
    Session II:   July 22-August 2, 2019
    Session III:  August 5-16, 2019
     

    This Summer 2019, we stand at the edge to explore our planet Earth on the brink of change. We’ll examine a range of topics, including pre-disaster preparedness and post-disaster relief, technologies such as gene modification and prosthetics that extend our biological capacities, the use of adaptive technologies and AI to deliver on-demand healthcare and precision medicine, and climate-controlled food production using food computers to deliver tasty fruits and veggies.

    Choose from 24 unique two-week studios, including Soft Robotics, Fantastical Droids, Musical Prosthetics, AI Neural Networks, Bio Design: Synthetic Biology, Beyond Earth, Future Augmented Reality Games, Food Fabrication Lab, Digital Street Couture, and more!

    Register before December 31st and catch our Early-Bird Discount!

  • Our NuVuX schools have had an exciting start to the 2018-19 school year! From Woodstock Union High School and Middle School in Woodstock, Vermont to Episcopal School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to All Saints Academy in Lakeland, Florida, students are designing and building solutions to diverse challenges in their communities and abroad. 

    We launched NuVuX three years ago to bring innovation and creative learning to schools and work with teachers and students on site at the schools. Three years later, we have 10 schools in the NuVuX Network - 8 schools based in the U.S. and 2 schools based internationally with 11 NuVu Fellows based on site at each partner school.

    This Fall, we have around 50 studios in progress across the network. Studios include Morphing Playgrounds, Activist Installations, Hacking Public Spaces, Musical Objects and Upcycled Animals. Students range in age from 9 to 18 and are working on over 250 projects.

    We're excited to be working with so many teachers and students across the different geographies. Here are a few soundbites from a couple of schools:

    Woodstock Union High School and Middle School (Woodstock, Vermont)

    "The studio, Rooted Installations, went to Kellyway Gardens which is an organic farm which provides produce, herbs, and decorations to the Woodstock Inn.  They work directly with the chefs of the Inn every year when planning what food to produce making cooking a more ecological pursuit.  The master gardener, Ben Pauly, gave us a tour showing how the growing process works from the useful mycelium in the soils to how they plan the large scale crop organization from year to year.  The students have begun to translate this type of localized food cycle into their installations, focusing on the ecological processes which are integral to it."

    - Max Vanatta, NuVu Fellow @ Woodstock

    Episcopal School (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

    "Our entrepreneurship studio Creature Comforts is designing animal-related products for a local humane shelter and thinking about ways in which these devices can be adapted for the broader pet market. Creatures and caretakers from the Walker Animal Shelter will serve as clients for the students, wherein product ideas stem from the specific needs of animals in transitory and high-stress environments.

    The Neuroplasticity and Design studio met with the Beck Visual Cognition Lab at LSU to learn about ways in which our bodies and minds are linked. This studio is looking at ways in which neuroplasticity can be harnessed to affect behavior and promote mental health on the school's campus. On Monday they'll be discussing neuroplasticity with Dr. Lara Boyd, a lead researcher in this field from Univ. of British Columbia's Centre for Brain Health."

    - Dyani Robarge, NuVu Fellow @ Episcopal

  • Our NuVuX Network is expanding. This past week, two new schools joined our network: The Dalton School in NY and The Wheeler School in RI. The Dalton School partnership launches this Fall with our newest Architecture Fellow, Isabel Oyuela-Bonzani, joining our team. Isabel will be based at Dalton and leading their Architecture studio program across the four levels. Wheeler's programs will begin Fall of 2019, and we are working with the team to develop an immersive interdisciplinary program for their high school students. We are excited to be working with both schools and collaborating with teachers and administrators to create unique experiences for their students!


  • NuVu alumna Kate Reed who is now a student in the RISD-Brown dual degree program was featured in Brown University's "Stories of Impact." Read the article which discusses Kate's interest in creating mindfulness through music and movement. Kate began this project on musical prosthetics while she was a student at NuVu.


    Mindfulness Through Music and Movement: SIF Kate Reed’s Vision of Musical Prosthetics

    https://www.brown.edu/academics/college/swearer/mindfulness-through-music-and-movement-sif-kate-reed%E2%80%99s-vision-musical-prosthetics

    "Musical Prosthetics are a new form of interactive media and tool for enhancing non-verbal communication. Newly created musical instruments are attached to the human body in various exoskeletal formations and wired with sensors that create sounds triggered by body movement. Each wearable sculpture explores a different human emotion. As performers inter act with each other and assume various body postures, the music creates a window into the non-verbal world.

    These first three Musical Prosthetics express the primary colors of human emotion; sad, mad, and glad. When we are sad, we slump over, we try to make ourselves smaller, our faces wrinkle, we ring our hands, and we turn inward. When we are angry we are cocky, aggressive, and edgy. When we are happy we are joyous, gentle, playful and kind. Body movements and emotions can be exaggerated with these musical prosthetics, making the wearer’s inner emotions visible and audible, creating the opportunity for deeper communication."

    Prosthetic Videos:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b7G5WB9YPk&list=PLEoV2IJIZVKpGcd2x6c4ZHGIkoec81r8U

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