JP’s JFK STEM Innovation School’s Pilot Program Honored by Non-Profit EdVestors

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The John F. Kennedy STEM Innovation School was honored at non-profit EdVestor's 16th Annual Urban Education Showcase on April 10th.

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John F. Kennedy STEM Innovation School shares findings from its Engineering Design in Literacy program during EdVestors’ 16th Annual Urban Education Showcase. Heather Snowdon, 5th grade teacher, and Principal Christine Copeland, share details about the program and their findings to date.

The JFK STEM Innovation School, located on Bolster Street in JP, was one of 10 Boston school-based projects recognized at the showcase that previously received seed investments of $10,000 each from EdVestors’ School Solutions Seed Fund.

The John F. Kennedy STEM Innovation School shared results of its pilot program, Engineering Design in Literacy, that integrates the Engineering Design Process into their literacy curriculum, according to a press release. Through the program students design solutions and create functioning prototypes to address challenges faced by characters in the books they are reading. The pilot program includes a partnership with Tufts University’s Novel Engineering program, teachers and students to create solutions found in fiction and non-fiction books.

Members of the project team shared details of the program and their initial results at the showcase. BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang, students and teachers were in the audience presenting their projects, as well as more than 200 educators, philanthropists and leaders from nonprofit, public and private sectors.