Innovation Camp 2017

Our Innovation Camp engages participants in the innovation process. This 5-day camp will get your creative juices flowing as you gain first hand experience working in a collaborative studio environment. You’ll learn how to use a framework of innovation and enabling technologies to develop your problem solving skills with the intent of integrating this creative mindset within your school, organization or company.

This Summer, we are offering two Sessions of our Innovation Camp.

Session 1: June 19-23, 2017
Session 2: June 26-30, 2017

Each Session has two different tracks:
1) Studio
2) Big Picture

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

  

STUDIO TRACK

Who Should Attend

The "Studio" track of our Innovation Camp is for educators, instructional coaches, facilitators, professionals, makers-to-be, design enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the hands-on innovation process. Participants will experience NuVu’s studio model and design process through hands-on projects and learn how to integrate this creative mindset within their school, classroom, or professional environment. If you have an interest in design education or the innovation process, then our Studio Innovation Camp is for you!

What You Will Learn

During the 5-day camp, participants will:

  • > Experience hands-on creative problem solving using a framework of innovation
  • ‚Äč> Gain insight into how NuVu's framework for innovation can be applied in your classroom, school, program, or collaborative environment
  • > Collaborate with others to design projects while going through the design process with the support of our expert Coaches
  • > Learn to use digital fabrication tools, digital software, and enabling technologies (3D modeling, 3D printers, laser cutters, physical computing, programmable microcontrollers, wearable electronics)
  • > Acquire fabrication and making skills
  • > Connect with others interested in creative education, design, and innovation

During our Studio Innovation Camp, participants will have the opportunity to experience NuVu’s studio model first hand. Through hands-on creative problem solving, participants will work through a real-world challenge in small teams with the guidance of our NuVu Coaches and gain a deeper understanding of the iterative design and innovation process. Participants will gain a working understanding of the skills, tools, technologies, media and professional level software we use at NuVu to support the design process; this includes rapid-prototyping, 3D modeling, laser cutting, 3D printing, visual design, electronics, storytelling, animation, and graphics. Participants do NOT need prior experience in the design or making process, but should arrive ready to work in a hands-on environment.

Schedule

DAY 1: NuVu’s Studio Model
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. The day will also include a mini-challenge to get everyone’s creative juices flowing.

DAY 2-4: Hands-on Studio Experience
Participants will begin 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, prototyping, and iterating through a project. With the support of NuVu Coaches (visiting innovators and experts), participants will advance their ideas through a critical, iterative design process. The Mini-Studio will culminate in a presentation that will offer insight into the guided presentation format NuVu implements in our studios.

DAY 5: Reflection & In-School Focus
With feedback and support from the NuVu Team, participants will have the opportunity to collaboratively reflect on the studio experience and the challenges and opportunities it creates in different learning environments. They will also spend some time developing an actionable plan of how to integrate a project idea, framework or module into their school or personal context.

 


BIG PICTURE TRACK

Who Should Attend

The “Big Picture” track of our Innovation Camp is for administrators, heads of school, technology coordinators, R&D directors, department heads, makerspace and fablab coordinators, program directors, and anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of how a studio model works from a broader perspective. Participants will experience NuVu’s studio model with a focus on the processes and methods used to implement creative education. If you have an interest in learning how to integrate creative thinking and design education into your program or school, then our Big Picture Innovation Camp is for you!

What You Will Learn

During the 5-day camp, participants will:

  • > Learn about NuVu’s studio model and our framework of innovation
  • > Develop ideas for how to integrate creative education and innovative curriculum into your school, makerspace, or organization
  • > Understand the digital fabrication tools, enabling technologies, and digital software used at NuVu to support the design studio and how to set up a “makerspace” at varying sizes and budgets
  • > Discuss the specific challenges and opportunities of implementing a studio-based program in your learning environments
  • > Connect with other leaders interested in creative education, design, and innovation

During our Big Picture Innovation Camp, participants will have the opportunity to experience NuVu’s studio-based model and learn how coaches/students engage in collaborative problem solving. We’ll explore current movements and ideas impacting education (PBL, Maker Movement, Design Thinking, Tinkering), and you’ll learn about the new tools, materials and technologies (both analog and digital) that are changing education. We’ll dive into the design, programming, and logistics of setting up a makerspace at various sizes and budgets; and how, when, and what technologies to integrate. As a group, we’ll brainstorm ways of inculcating a culture of creativity, innovation, and invention; and explore how hands-on learning can happen across grades, ages, and gender through a culture of inclusion. During the week, participants will also gain a deeper understanding of how student projects at NuVu integrate various subjects and content areas (math, art, science, engineering, social sciences, music, history, computer science, biology) as part of a larger design goal.

Through interactive sessions, participants will have the opportunity to consult with our passionate team on how our studio methodology can be applied to:

  • > Design Studios, Innovation Labs, Maker Spaces, Entrepreneurship Centers, Research & Design Centers, College-level Programs
  • > K-12 Programs (STEM, STEAM, Project-based Learning, Global Leadership, Design Technology, Entrepreneurship)
  • > Curricular Areas (Math, Science, Art, Biology, Robotics, History, Social Science, etc.)

Schedule

DAY 1: NuVu’s Studio Model
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. The day will also include a mini-challenge to get everyone’s creative juices flowing.

DAY 2-4: In-School Focus
Through interactive sessions and support from the NuVu Team, participants will have the opportunity to collaboratively reflect on the studio experience and the challenges and opportunities it creates in different learning environments. We’ll brainstorm ways of developing makerspaces or innovation labs within the school, and the tools and resources needed to support them. We’ll also discuss our planning process around studios and how to integrate a studio-based curriculum at various scales. Participants will also spend time developing an actionable plan of how to integrate a project idea, framework or module into their school or personal context.

DAY 5: Reflection
Participants will have the opportunity to collaboratively reflect on the studio experience, share their ideas and plans, and get feedback.

 

 

Our Model

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 hands-on collaborative projects. While at NuVu, students engage in a rigorous design process that includes brainstorming, prototyping, iteration, and review, all the while working collaboratively to solve complex real-world problems. Our studio model promotes creativity, critical thinking, and innovation skills.

Dates

We will be running two Sessions of our Innovation Camp this Summer. Each Session has a capacity of 40 participants.

Session 1: Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23, 2017
9am to 3pm with lunch break from 12-1pm

Session 2: Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30, 2017
9am to 3pm with lunch break from 12-1pm

Cost

The cost for the Summer Innovation Camp is $1800 per participant and includes all materials and supplies for projects. Lunch is NOT included. Each participant is required to bring their own laptop to the program each day.

Registration

We encourage schools, organizations and companies to organize small teams to participate in the Innovation Camp 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.

In order to register, please email us at nuvu@nuvustudio.org with "Innovation Camp" in the title, and we will send you a form to fill with the names of participants or number of spots that your school would like to confirm, Session date, and selection of track (Design or Big Picture).

Registration for NuVu’s Innovation Camp closes on May 31st, 2017. Registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis and guaranteed once schools or participants send their final payment.

Final payments must be made by check and received in full by June 1, 2017 otherwise the spot(s) will be forfeited to another participant or school on the waitlist. Please make your check payable to NuVu, and mail the payment to:

NuVu Studio
450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

If you have questions or are interested in enrolling in the Innovation Camp, please email us at nuvu@nuvustudio.org.

  

Staff

Led by dynamic and passionate members of the NuVu Team and Coaching staff, participants will leave the Innovation Camp 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 things that we love to do. We would also like to commemorate Edith Ackerman, professor and visiting scientist at the Media Lab, who passed away at the end of December. Edith was one of our advisors and gave us tremendous guidance and support on many of our programs, including our Summer Innovation Camp. We will miss her dearly. She leaves behind a strong legacy of lifelong learning that we will keep alive at NuVu for years to come.

FAQ

Who should attend the Innovation Camp for Educators?
If you are a teacher, administrator, technology director, department head, district leader, instructional coach/facilitator, organizer, maker, design enthusiast or professional with an interest in design education or the innovation process, then our Innovation Camp is for you. If you are eager to build new things, use technology in novel ways, and curious and ready to learn in a new way, then you will find the camp to be an extremely enriching experience.

Where is NuVu located?
NuVu shares a building with Central Square Theatre. The entrance to the building is set back from the main street and located in the building between CCTV and Moksa. Our address is:

450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139

How can I get to NuVu?
NuVu is a 3 minute walk from the T stop at Central Square (Red Line). There are a number of bus connections including the #1 Bus.

Is there parking?
Metered parking spots are available in front of the building. Garage parking is available on 22 Green Street; near the Shaws Supermarket.

What are the hours of the Innovation Camp?
The studio day begins at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm with a one-hour lunch break in between.

What supplies do the participants need to bring?
Participants should bring a laptop to the studio each day. Laptops will be taken back home at the end of the day. Participants are encouraged to bring an unlined sketchbook and writing utensils (pencils or pens). NuVu will supply all equipment, tools and supplies needed by the participants during the week.

What is the recommended attire?
Participants should dress in comfortable attire that can also withstand some hands-on work in “The Garage,” NuVu’s tool shop. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes (no flip-flops). We recommend bringing an extra sweater; it might get cold in our space due to the AC over the Summer.