Rocky Hill School students in all divisions engage with experts across a variety of disciplines, to collaborate around real-world problems that impact a community, a cause, or the world. Students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to intern on projects with organizations and individuals in Rhode Island and around the world, or pursue a personal passion in greater depth.
Students Convene Medical Tech Innovators
Students in Mrs. Gustavel‘s third grade invited Susan Fonseca, the School’s Innovator-in Residence, and two other entrepreneurs to discuss solutions to health-related problems. Joining in the classroom was Hannah Chung, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Sproutel and Jerry the Bear, an educational, interactive plush bear that delivers health education to children diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes, and Dr. Amy Baxter, Founder of Buzzy, a drug-free bee-shaped pain relief product, via Skype.
Inspired by the work of Ms. Chung and Dr. Baxter, the students designed plans for their own interactive stuffed animals that deliver health education to children. Working in groups, they created an elephant for children with cancer, a penguin for children with anxiety, and a frog that pediatricians can use to help pediatric patients feel comfortable and relaxed. Their prototype creations were presented to Fonseca, Chung, and Baxter with hopes to collaborate in their support of children impacted by Type 1 Diabetes. Chung and her team were so impressed by our students they asked to come back to campus to include them in the development of their next health and wellness product to help children who experience stress (READ MORE).
Innovation Through Education Podcast Series
Rocky Hill School recently launched a new podcast series on iTunes, Innovation through Education. It will be populated with academic insights as well as the new series, Who’s Who 5Qs: Conversations with experts, hosted by kids. Throughout the year, Rocky Hill School students will conduct interviews with leaders and innovators who are impacting a variety of fields. Through a series of five questions, guests share industry trends, their vision for the future, and advice for the next generation of leaders.
LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference 2018
Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA
Students in Upper School attended the two-day LearnLaunch Across Boundaries conference to explore emerging edtech start-ups, learn about personalized learning, and collaborate with those in education addressing the future of work across all industries and at all levels of employment.
- How does the role of educator change in the Digital Classroom?
- Social and Emotional Learning and Innovation
- Using Design Thinking to Solve Pressing Problems in Education
- The Edtech Entrepreneurs’ Journey
- Pitch Competition
- Student Innovation Showcase