2019 Innovation Grant Award Winners
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Program: “Guitar Construction”
School/District: West Hills High School, Grossmont Union High School District
Description: Guitar Construction is a program inspired by Bob Taylor and Taylor Guitars. It’s aim is to address the need for more hands-on woodworking courses in high school. The course is designed to allow schools to teach the art and skill of woodworking without the need for a full woodshop. Students learn design-thinking, the safe use of tools/machines, and the fundamentals of guitar making. Knowing they will take home their hand made guitar inspires students take pride in their work and teaches valuable essential skills.
Program: “District Design 2022”
School/District: Del Mar Union School District
Description: Del Mar students, educators, and staff are in an unrelenting pursuit of the extraordinary school experience. They are revolutionizing the traditional school system through relevant and meaningful learning experiences to better prepare today’s students to thrive in this age of acceleration. This initiative is a district-wide effort to move from compliance to innovation, and is built on three core levers: 1) Strong Academic Core and High Quality Instruction; 2) Mastery of Skills that Matter Most; and 3) Flexible Learning Environments.
Program: “Video Production and Digital Storytelling”
School/District: Rancho Minerva Middle School, Vista Unified School District
Description: The Video Production & Digital Storytelling at Rancho Minerva is a nationally & globally recognized program where students learn [and are responsible for] the video production process. By having a clear plan & process, RMMS students produce powerful stories to share with their school, their community, and the world around them. Rancho Minerva is a Panasonic, Kid Witness News school, with students representing the United States at a Global Summit in Japan for the past two years.
Program: “STEAMing Ahead!”
School/District: Chula Vista Elementary School District
Description: The “STEAMing Ahead!” maker-centered innovative educational experience enables students to build their self-efficacy by identifying and exploring their own personal strengths, interests, and values through the Innovation Station, Energy Station, and Hydro Station programs within the district. These experiences enable students to connect with potential careers as they engage in hands-on, problem-based learning opportunities faced in the current workforce and priority sectors. Ultimately, helping them to see their future selves and to find their place in the world.