Innovations courses prepare students for college and for life by giving them opportunities to use creativity and practical intelligence to solve emerging real-world problems. We aim to equip students with various problem-solving approaches that emphasize the skills needed to thrive in an ever-changing professional landscape. As educators, we assert that young people are inherently curious individuals with a capacity to learn and grow. Pursuant to our mission, we implement an evolving curriculum which provides students rich and varied opportunities for growth in their ability to innovate and create by studying and emulating proven innovative practices. All Seattle Academy students take a trimester of Innovations in 6th, 7th, and 10th grades. 12th graders have the option to take Innovations as an elective.
- How does this program prepare students for life?
- What content is taught in Innovations?
- Why are Innovations courses included included in the graduation requirements at SAAS?
Students are taught skills and given tools in Innovations courses. They apply the content they’ve learned and their own life experiences to tackle problems uniquely and successfully. Some hard skills that we expect all Innovations students to be introduced to are CAD (computer-aided design), 3D-printing, the design process, and prototyping.
After speaking to many industry professionals over the years about skills they wish their young employees exhibited more of, the answers overwhelmingly came down to the following essential skills: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. We at SAAS believe that in order for our graduates to match or exceed the pace of change in the world, one must be proficient in these essential skills.