It's official! We launched our first full-time innovation school outside the U.S. in Glasgow, Scotland with our partner Kelvinside Academy. This moment came after a two year partnership between NuVu and Kelvinside Academy to rethink the future of learning and develop a hub for furthering our mission of creative learning.

    NuVu Innovation School, which officially opened its doors on October 10, provides a unique learning environment designed around creativity, innovation and enterprise. The new school is designed to face up to the challenge of a fast-moving jobs market and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. The school will be a nexus for student innovation, R&D on studio pedagogy, teacher professional development, and corporate training.

    Partnerships are already in place with a number of companies, including leading international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty, which built and constructed the specially designed £2.5m innovation school, to use NuVu as a learning hub to develop the workforce of the future. 

    At NuVu, pupils engage in hands-on problem solving, working on collaborative projects to develop creative solutions for real-world social and environmental problems. 

    The new school presents a challenge to the Scottish Government by providing an example of what a new national curriculum around digital skills and future learning could look like. It also could provide a solution to teacher shortages, as instead of being taught passively by a teacher, pupils learn by doing and utilize 3D modeling software, 3D printers, laser cutters and a range of industry-standard tools to make their visions a reality, with industry and academic experts acting as mentors to help pupils find their own way through the process. 

    NuVu first launched in the UK with Kelvinside Academy summer schools in 2017 and 2018. Now, the model is fully embedded within the curriculum.

    NuVu will not only provide a unique learning environment for Kelvinside Academy, but talks are already underway to open its doors to pupils at local schools as well as exploring NuVu hubs in local authorities across the UK. NuVu will also be implemented for teacher CPD throughout Scotland and corporate team building experiences for businesses. 

    NuVu Innovation School Director, David Miller, believes the Innovation School will become a beacon for what schools of the future could look like. 

    David will work closely with Kelvinside Academy Rector Dan Wyatt to embed NuVu core philosophies throughout the school. He said: “The education system hasn’t changed in more than 40 years, but the world has. I believe the new Innovation School will resolve a huge tension in education; everyone knows the model has to change but until now, there’s been no viable alternative. We believe this powerful learning model could and should become mainstream and we hope the Innovation School will serve as a case study for government and policy makers of what can be achieved. 

    “This is just the beginning, but the momentum is with us. The current system intensifies the idea that people leave school as a success or a failure, and for some, it can take many years to recover from this binary view of the world. Our model encourages a growth mindset. There are always ways to improve. There’s no specific target or outcome; the NuVu model empowers children and frees them from the depressing constraints of assessment. 

    “The design, technical and meta-skills being developed and enhanced in the Innovation School – together with an agile mindset – are exactly what a range of Scottish businesses and academics are telling us they need.” 

    To find out more about NuVu at Kelvinside Academy, visit www.kelvinside.org/innovation-school/what-is-nuvu- 

  • We have submitted three awesome panels for SXSW EDU 2020. Please upvote all three! Before you can upvote us, please create an account here.

    NuVuX: Rethinking School from the Inside Out
    As the world progresses further in the 21st Century with a highly collaborative, global framework, K-12 education needs to adapt to stay relevant in the space of learning for students. The era of siloed subjects still permeates across schools around the world and schools are spear-heading new initiatives to break this model from the inside out through the introduction of innovative interdisciplinary curriculum that builds on a school’s makerspace.

    Impact Through Innovation Labs
    Powerful problem-solving methodologies can be used in tandem with a makerspace to teach students how to solve complex problems without predefined solutions. This panel invites leadership from 3 schools, a private all-boys school in Massachusetts, a public middle and high school in Vermont, and a studio-based innovation school, to share their stories of transformation and creating innovative programs that break down the boundaries of subjects, engaging students in authentic hands-on learning.

    Designing for Dancers with Disabilities
    NuVu Studio, an innovative high school, reimagines education through experiential design projects. Their collaborations include Heidi Latsky Dance, an integrated dance company, whose work ON DISPLAY seeks to reset aesthetic values and to erase stigma surrounding disability. Students work with dancers with atypical bodies to create wearable sculptures from the entry points of equity and accessibility. The impactful work rethinks how design shapes minds and informs society.

  • Students at Odyssey STEM Academy, our NuVuX Partner School, took four field trips to Dream Catcher Equine Therapy Center to install their sensory trail projects. The install was the culmination of an incredible studio in which students built full scale tools, games, and activities for therapy patients on horseback. From the Tentacle Toss to the Color Cave to the Feeling Forest, the trail is a multifaceted sensory experience that engages users across different ages and abilities through smell, sight, touch, taste, and sound. The Dream Catcher Equine Assisted Therapy studio was part of the Spring Term's Idea Lab lead by our NuVuX Fellow at Odyssey.

  • Our NuVuX Partner, The Fessenden School, wrapped up their year with a grand Expo Day where students across grades 7-9 presented their final projects. The event included a general presentation in the new Arts Center theater and concluded with a display of projects in the new Munro Gallery.

    Later in the week, 3rd-graders showed off their amazing "Power Changers" projects in the Ciongoli Center for Innovation which included prototype  costumes/devices, origin stories, and digital comic strips. What a great way to end the school year!

  • NuVu students' work is being exhibited in the "City Animals" show produced by Julie Croston of Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project which celebrates the animals around us. Learn more and attend at:


  • Awesome video featuring Kelvinside Academy students talking about their NuVu experience.

  • Getting Smart's piece on NuVu focuses on our studio-based model and a self-directed approach to learning. Included are 3 lessons from NuVu's approach. Check out the article!


  • NuVu was a finalist for the THE EDTECH AWARDS 2019 in "Edtech Company Setting a Trend!" We are thrilled to be a part of this group of innovative educators pushing the field forward, and using technology as a tool for creative learning and social betterment.

    More on the winners can be found online at:

    The EdTech Awards "recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere.

    Featuring edtech’s best and brightest, the annual recognition program shines a spotlight on cool tools, inspiring leaders, and innovative trendsetters."

  • Our NuVuX Program at All Saints Academy is giving students a platform to design, make and innovate. Check out this piece in Lakeland Mom on how our Innovation Studios are creating students who are problem solvers, critical thinkers, and self-starters.

    Read the full article here:

  • Reprinted with permission from “NuVu: An International Mission to Cultivate Creativity and Collaboration” by Betsy Scotto-Lavino, 2019. WINTER 2019 InterED, Volume 45 No 126-3, Pages 18-21. COPYRIGHT 2019 by InterED.

    In the recent issue of InterED journal, NuVu was highlighted in a featured article called "NuVu: An International Mission to Cultivate Creativity and Collaboration." The piece includes interviews with our Co-founders, Saeed Arida and Saba Ghole, discussing the last 8 years of NuVu and what's ahead - the critique process, how international schools are working with NuVu and integrating the studio process, the challenges and opportunities of running a studio model side-by-side with a traditional model within schools, and expansion plans for the future.

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