Each spring, eighth graders from Inly Middle School participate in NuVu, a full-time magnet innovation studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to this partnership, NuVu worked exclusively with high schools.
NuVu’s founder and Chief Excitement Officer is Saeed Arida. When asked about the partnership with Inly, Arida said, “We are excited to be working with Inly students who already have a solid base in creative, hands-on learning. NuVu’s unique studio based pedagogy, coupled with its emphasis on technology, enable Inly students to utilize their Montessori background to create innovative projects.” Prior to founding NuVu, Arida worked as an architect and designer on projects for MIT, LG, Samsung, and Microsoft. The architectural studio pedagogy informed this research that eventually evolved into NuVu Studio where students learn in a hands-on environment with coaches who help students create projects and move through many, many iterations.
With the assistance of “coaches,” NuVu teaches students how to navigate the messiness of the creative process, from inception to completion. Inly students are given a real-world, open-ended problem and asked to device a solution in two weeks.
“Students get the chance to really show off the skills that they’ve built over their time at Inly in a very authentic and real world situation,” Tschol Slade, director of Inly Middle School, remarks. “As teachers, we know that our students are building next-century skills all the time. Their work at NuVu will make this learning really tangible for them in a really challenging, authentic and fun way.”
Donna Milani Luther, Inly’s Head of School, states, “Inly prides itself in creating partners in innovation to prepare our students for the ever-changing century that they live in. Our partnership with NuVu is a hallmark of the kind of excellence in education that we continue to provide for our Inly students.”