The NEST (for Nature, Exploration, Science, and Technology Investigations) will be an area of the Frankford Friends School campus dedicated to critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, experimentation, and problem-solving. Student-initiated explorations and collaborative ventures promote students’ cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development.
The NEST consists of:
The Innovation Workshop
Students make deep cross-curricular connections and relate their thinking to topics studied in their core academic subjects. Every student in grades PreK-8 participates in open-ended STEM investigations that help them to build skills in problem-solving, communication, teamwork, innovation, and leadership.
The Media Studio
Students expand their understanding of the role technologies can play in 21st century communication, while fostering imaginative and artistic representations of their ideas. Students learn to communicate in a variety of ways, using photography and technology to create audio and video presentations, digital designs, animation, and other graphic representations.
The Nature Learning Lab
Students can freely explore, investigate, and observe their world through engagement with rocks and soils, natural materials, native plants and local animals, water, and engineering apparatus on a .45 acre lot.
Technology in the Classroom and at the NEST
Technology use provides the opportunity for enhanced learning at Frankford Friends School. Digital literacy skills are taught to students in grades PreK-8 as a means to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information. Throughout their experience, students are introduced to coding, robotics, new media, and opportunities for experimenting with electronic hardware. Supported by technology, hands-on projects are designed to enhance each student’s ability to solve real-world problems, now and in the future.
The NEST at Frankford Friends School will open in the Fall of 2016. Funds are still needed to finance construction and to acquire STEM technology for the NEST and the classrooms. To donate for construction or for STEM, see this link. Frankford Friends School is a 501c3 not-for-profit and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. For more information on donating, please email Amy Silver O’Leary or call her at 215-533-5368 x120.