Innovation Institute


5th Annual Innovation Institute
Focusing on the Finnish Line: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice
Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton Campuses
Pre-Conference: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Google Summit: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Conference: April 16-17, 2018

The future of education is being driven by advanced technology and limitless access to information. According to Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, "One-third of jobs in 2020 will require skills that aren't common today." How can the classroom become a place where today's learners become tomorrow's leaders? 

In 2001, Finland astounded the world when their students scored highest on the first Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), an international assessment that measures 15-year-old students' reading, mathematics, and science literacy. Today, the Finnish education system continues to impress with their innovative teaching methods.

Join Pine Crest School's 5th Annual Innovation Institute, where attendees will have the opportunity to learn from Finnish education experts as well as Pine Crest School's innovation and technology team. Participants will learn about the Finnish educational system and their approach to entrepreneurship in all grade levels from elementary to high school.
Participants are strongly encouraged to attend in teams.

Pre-Conference and Google Summit, Sunday, April 15, 2018
Pine Crest School Boca Raton Campus
Registration: 8:30 a.m. in Bernstein Commons Room
Lunch: Noon - 12:45 p.m.

Pre-Conference: Using Student-Friendly Microprocessors in Classrooms and Makerspaces
8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Cost: $175.00 (breakfast and lunch included)

It used to take an electrical or computer engineer to build a "smart" device where sensors, lights, and motors could all be controlled with code. Over the past few years, Arduino-based microprocessors have made it realistic for Lower, Middle, and High School students to add interactive electronics to their projects.This pre-conference workshop all about microprocessors, will focus on coding, wiring, soldering, and best practices for mixing these devices into student projects. You will also create amazing inventions to bring back to school with you.

Our instruction will use the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express and the BBC Microbit board. Both have different strengths and uses, and are great platforms to use with your students. You will take projects home with these boards built into them, and leave with resources and experiences designed to allow you to put your learning into action. Each attendee will receive a Circuit Playground Express and a Microbit to take home!

Google Summit

8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $200.00 (breakfast and lunch included)

An exploration of the G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education). The format of this technology showcase will feature a deep dive into the G Suite apps for beginners, intermediate, and advanced educators as well as how Pine Crest educators create innovative project-based learning units using Google tools. Attendees can personalize their learning experiences by attending sessions on virtual reality with Google Expeditions, learn how assistive technologies such as Read&Write for Google Chrome maximize learning for all students, and go beyond the basics of the G Suite tools to develop cutting edge lessons.

Main Conference: Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17, 2018

8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $450 (breakfast and lunch included on Monday and Tuesday, dinner included on Monday night)


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Attendees will gain knowledge regarding:

  • The Finnish school system and teaching practices
  • Using robotics to teach coding (grades PK-12)
  • Developing engaging spaces for learning and innovation
  • Strategies for integrating innovation and technology into the core curriculum
  • Valuable insight into the future of education
  • Strategies for cultivating curiosity and inquiry
  • Using virtual reality to enhance instruction
  • Using entrepreneurship education as a means for getting students to think deeply about real-word problems
  • Developing an understanding of the importance of MakerEd
  • Learning how to integrate MakerEd into the core curriculum
  • Observing Innovation and Technology Specialists infuse advanced technologies into the curriculum
  • Understanding how Social and Emotional Learning is vital for students in our ever-changing world


Discounted hotel rate: $149. Click here to book your room(s).

5150 Town Center Circle
Boca Raton, FL 33486-1013

Transportation from the Boca Raton Marriott to the Innovation Institute will be provided by Pine Crest School.


Phone: Meagan Obst, 954-492-6671

"Pine Crest Innovation Institute was one of the best professional development I have attended. It was inspiring to be at a school that is leading the way in innovation and maker education. Meeting faculty, administrators and students who eagerly shared their projects and passions was invaluable. The workshops were diverse and made it very hard to choose which ones to attend. I would recommend going with a least one other colleague so you can learn even more." - Sarah Magner (Flint Hill School)