BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Bronxville School families recently took part in the second Spring Innovation Expo, during which they collaborated and applied their creativity to solve a variety of challenges.
The family-school partnership event celebrated the creative spirit across the school community and helped participants think and solve problems in new ways.
Superintendent of Schools David Quattrone, who welcomed the students, parents and teachers, said that the four dispositions of the Bronxville Promise — leadership, critical thinking, engaged citizenship and innovation — represent the enduring qualities of education.
“We believe very strongly that in order to make the Bronxville Promise work as a hallmark of our school, all parts of the school have to be involved — not only students in their daily work, but also administrators, parents and teachers,” he said.
During the event, attendees participated in a number of educational workshops that explored the three approaches to innovation: imaginative play, creative strategies and iterative prototypes.
Some participants learned how to build a fully autonomous flying drone or program a robot and teach it to respond to commands, while others built roller coasters from foam tubes and created objects from metal and plastic.
Seventh-grader Esther Thomet attended a workshop comprising excerpts from junior Sam Arcano’s original opera, “Don Trump.”
“I thought it was cool how Arcano took things around him that are so big right now and turned it into something that was enjoyable and amusing for us,” Thomet said.
In other workshops, students and parents tested their design and engineering skills by building a marshmallow-topped tower out of spaghetti, tape and string. Other students presented independent projects, including an investigation on the water quality of the Bronx River, a cancer research project and multiple documentary films.
“The Innovation Expo brought our community together to solve different problems,” Thomet said. “It’s important that people are innovative because it brings new ideas, and you wouldn’t have anything happening in the world if you didn’t have new ideas. It really inspired kids, parents and teachers to think outside the box.”