Innovation Design Studio
Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, every student in grades K-5 in Radnor Township School District will benefit from a new Specials subject area called, "Innovation Design Studio," dedicated to Computer Science and hands-on and innovative instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
This new elementary-wide subject area will complement the established Specials of Art, Music, Library, Physical Education, and Wellness to allow for a common experience in Computer Science and STEM for all students and to deliver Pennsylvania Computer Science and International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) learning standards.
The K-5 Innovation Design Studio Special will run on a new six-day cycle alongside the other five Specials to enable all Specials to include the opportunity for "integration time" to bridge special area content with grade-level curriculum and programming.
Innovation Design Studio focuses on Computer Science and Computational Thinking, STEM, and Character Dispositions. The program will be experiential and project-based to allow for:
- Social Construction
The ID Studio will be taught and experienced using a lens of design and dispositions.
- Engineering Design Process
- Design Thinking (Human-centered Design)
- Maker Pedagogy
- Iterative Processes
- Character Traits
- Next Generation Skills
- Habits of Mind
Core areas of K-5 Innovation Design Studio instruction:
- Computer Science (Computational Thinking & Programming)
- Computer Science (Productivity)
- STEM & Engineering
Purpose of Innovation Design Studio
- To establish a means to consistently and effectively implement PA Computer Science Standards in our elementary programming
- To build and sustain Computer Science efficacy at the elementary level as programming expands in new and exciting ways
- To complement the work being done in grades 6-12 on STEM-related course revisions, such as the RMS Technology Course, as well as established courses and programs such as Project Lead the Way at RHS
- To fully utilize a shift to a six-day cycle at the elementary level, which is being put in place to:
- Assist with elementary school sections/enrollment
- Align with Multi-Tiered System of Support implementation