The Ryan Elementary Innovation project transformed two existing spaces into a Multimedia Studio and an Integrated Design Studio to complement the school's existing STEAM lab. In the STEAM Lab students have hands-on experiences to develop their curiosity and understanding of scientific principles. The multimedia studio is a student led learning space where students produce school news utilizing green screen and digital technology while exploring careers in broadcast journalism and design. In the centrally located Integrated Design Studio learning standards are connected across content areas and applied in authentic settings, at every grade level, to allow students the opportunity to engage in design thinking.
During the first school year the new space was used, educators were asked to monitor and track growth towards the outcomes identified in their project plan and present the findings in a digital story. The story was framed by the question, "How is innovation shifting the story of learning at our school?"
To develop the school's project, staff worked together to develop responses to the following guiding questions.