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.
"Creating Solutions to Meaningful Problems by Exploring, Designing, Improving, and Sharing."
Our new elementary K-5 Innovation Design Studio special will continue to enhance our innovative programs in our district. ID Studio focuses on Computer Science and Computational Thinking, STEM, and Character Dispositions.
Our program will be experiential and project-based that allows 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
- 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