Rocky Hill School and LearnLaunch, a nationally-recognized organization in Boston dedicated to connecting, supporting, and investing in the education technology ecosystem, have forged a first-of-its-kind partnership.
“From its start, LearnLaunch has been at the cutting edge of driving edtech innovation, and our partnership with Rocky Hill School furthers that goal,” explained Liam Pisano, LearnLaunch Managing Director and Partner. “By bringing the companies that are developing the latest education innovations directly into a school, we are creating a collaborative platform where entrepreneurs, educators, and students can work together to develop and test edtech in a real-world environment.”
Rocky Hill School is designing an Innovation Center on its campus where selected education technology companies that are part of LearnLaunch’s co-working space/accelerator cohort will test and develop new educational technology with students and faculty. This is an entirely new paradigm that will be unique in the nation: entrepreneurs developing educational products while embedded within a preschool to grade 12 test bed. Both organizations are excited to bring this new and innovative approach to developing educational innovation to Rhode Island.
“This exciting partnership will afford students and faculty at Rocky Hill School the opportunity, unique in the nation, to collaborate in creating and refining the next generation of digital classroom tools,” said Dr. James Tracy, Head of School at Rocky Hill School. “Our students will have the opportunity to intern directly with the visionary entrepreneurs who are creating the very breakthrough technologies that will shape our educational future.”
Rocky Hill School students and faculty will collaborate with the LearnLaunch team, intern with start-up companies on-site, and help shape the next generation of classroom innovation. The Innovation Center will also house artists and teachers-in-residence, and offer student enrichment opportunities focused on innovation, design thinking, and entrepreneurism. The Center is targeted to open in September 2017.
Additional information is available at by visiting www.rockyhill.org/innovation.