University of Idaho’s New Innovation-Focused Laboratory High School
Our new laboratory high school will engage learners (high and low achieving, who have disengaged from traditional school models) by radically reinventing learning through gaming, virtual and xreality, and, most unique of all, movement. Somatic, or bodily learning, is a central curriculum characteristic of a new model of human learning for high engagement and healthy active lifestyles.
Students in our school will engage in passion-driven learning through authentic projects, community service, internships, and research opportunities across U of I campus. This opportunity is perfect for organizations focused on learning via technology and balanced by a movement-oriented curriculum. For those in the gaming industry specifically, it allows us to move beyond the typical image of gamers as lacking this balanced lifestyle to illustrate the potential for movement and gaming to work together.
In addition, the innovation lab features flexible learning spaces, heavy use of AI/VR/AR/XR and Gaming with a healthy dose of “best practices” for engagement such as a respect for learner cultures, learner empowerment, decision-making, and student voice. The lab school serves our College’s needs for research on human learning and engagement, the needs of local area learners who can re-discover their love of learning, and our student teachers who will be able to learn about innovative classroom models.
This school will be the first of its kind in the nation and we are seeking intellectual, industry, and financial partners in this journey. Partnership opportunities include:
- Naming opportunities
- In-kind donations
- Connections for research and development of innovative learning environments
- Demonstration opportunities for the growing AI/VR/AR/XR and Gaming industries within the education market
- Intellectual partnerships in the creation of new learning environments, tools, and products
- Industry connections for internships and real-world experiences for learners
- Financial support, sponsorships, and scholarships
Email the Dean of the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences at the University of Idaho (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Stacy Rauch (email@example.com) for more information or to set a time to meet via zoom and discuss your interest in this project.