Innovation Camp for Educators 2015

At Work on the Selfie Stick

Andrew Todd Marcus

First Successful Test

J.J. Morrissey

Photographs Day 5

Amro Arida

Photographs Day 4

Amro Arida

Photographs Day 3

Amro Arida

Photographs Day 1

Amro Arida

You can use these photos for your project pages as well.

Project Brief

Andrew Todd Marcus and Saeed Arida

Body extentions can be understoood through three conceptual thematic areas, Perception, Thresholds, and Reach. An aligned with each theme differs in its stance to the world, and an extention may have qualities of multiple themes.

  • Perception -  Sensory understanding of the world. This can include how we understand, process, and respond to stimulae on a micro, macro, or social scale.
  • Thresholds - Relational Understanding of the world. The actual percieved and social boundaries between people. This includes how we define and occupy space and the resulting social relationships. 
  • Reach - Interaction with the world. Physicality from which we experience and manipulate our internal and external enviroments. This is how we conciously exert our will on and physically interact with the world.

Keeping in mind both the themes above and the precedents discussed, design a body extension that mitigates a social, mental or neurological or physical condition. The exploration should align itself thematically and may be an alteration, extention, or amplification which addressed the condition.

As you research the conditions, consider where they fit on the spectrum of internal and external, corporeal and incorporeal, physical and perceptive, etc.

Innovation Camp for Educators

Saeed Arida and Andrew Todd Marcus

Our Innovation Camp engages participants in innovation education through first hand experience in the studio environment. We empower educators to develop clear action plans to introduce and enhance creative learning in schools.


What You Will Learn

During our Innovation Camp for Educators, participants will have the opportunity to experience NuVu’s studio learning first hand. Through interactive discussion sessions, we will share our studio methodology and participants will have the opportunity to consult with our passionate team on how the methodology can be applied to:

  • Design Studios, Innovation Labs, Maker Spaces
  • School Programs (STEM, STEAM, Project-based Learning, Global Leadership, Design Technology)
  • Curricular Areas (Math, Science, Art, Robotics, etc.)

Included in the Innovation Camp is a 3-day Mini-Studio where participants will experience the studio model while gaining a working understanding of the skills, tools, media and professional level software we use at NuVu to support the design process; this includes 3D modeling and printing, rapid-prototyping, visual design, electronics, storytelling, animation, and graphics. By employing creative problem solving on a project that can be applied within your respective school, classroom, educational or home setting, participants will gain a deeper understanding of iterative design and the innovation process.

During the week, participants will learn more about our curriculum and focus on the collaborative design approach. Participants will also gain a deeper understanding into how student projects at NuVu integrate applied math, art, science, engineering, social sciences, music, architecture, industrial design, computer science, biology and technology as part of a larger design goal.


NuVu is an innovation school for middle and high school students whose pedagogy is based on the architectural studio model in which students learn through project-based collaborative design. Through engagement in real-world multi-disciplinary design projects, students solve problems and create innovative products through rigorous brainstorming, collaboration, iteration, and experimental methodologies. Students are involved in engaging experiences that develop their innovation skills, creativity and critical thinking.

Who Should Attend

If you are a teacher, administrator, technology director, district leader, instructional coach/facilitator, organizer, maker, design enthusiast or professional with an interest in design education, then our Innovation Camp is for you!


The Summer Innovation Camp for Educators runs from Monday, June 22 to Friday, June 26, 2015, 9am to 3pm with lunch from 12-1pm.


DAY 1: NuVu’s Studio Pedagogy and Methodology

Participants will learn about NuVu’s studio model and pedagogy in depth. There will be opportunities for discussion of this pedagogy within the larger educational context.

DAY 2-4: Hands-on Studio Experience

Participants will engage in a 3-day Mini-Studio experience (a shorter version of NuVu’s typical 2-week Studio Module) and will go through the design process of brainstorming, developing, and building a project. With the support of NuVu Coaches (visiting innovators and experts in their field), participants will advance their ideas through a critical, iterative design process.

There are three different Mini-Studio Curricular Tracks and participants will select one track in which to participate. The Curricular Tracks include:

  • Industrial Design
  • Robotics
  • Graphics

DAY 5: In-School Focus

With feedback and support from the NuVu Team, participants will spend the final day developing an actionable plan for how to integrate a project idea, framework or module into their school or personal context.


The cost for the Summer Innovation Camp for Educators is $1500 and includes all materials and supplies. Lunch is NOT included.


We encourage schools and organizations to organize small teams to participate in the Innovation Camp for Educators for maximum effectiveness. Our hands-on Innovation Camp enables teams to uncover ideas and develop a plan of action to execute back at their home school.

Registration for NuVu’s Innovation Camp for Educators closes on May 31st, 2015.

If you have questions or might be interested in the Innovation Camp, please email us at for more information.


Led by dynamic and passionate members of the NuVu Team and Coaching staff, participants will leave the Innovation Camp for Educators with an actionable plan and infused with innovation skills. NuVu Coaches come from a range of backgrounds and bring a diversity of expertise; Coaches include PhD students at MIT and Harvard, entrepreneurs who have their own companies, artists working around the world, and professionals developing innovative products in various fields. Please visit our Team page to learn more about our permanent staff, who we are, our diverse expertise, and other things we love to do!


We were looking for ideas that would also give our stool adaptability.  How many ways might it be used, and where would it be stored when the classroom activities changed?  This led to the idea of not only “storing” the main X frames as shelves, but also turning the stacked X frames into storage.  We returned to the main idea that children in a natural habitat would be walking through, encountering, and modifying an ever changing landscape.  Suddenly, the “Wiggly Stool” began to take the form of furniture that would give children the ability to modify their  own landscape to fit a variety of needs: to store things, to create quiet, isolated spaces, to lay, sit or lean, or to create a personal or collaborative table space.  This idea of students moving and creating their own space was intriguing.


Dorothy Smith