Innovation Institute

For more than 80 years, Pine Crest School has been at the forefront of providing an educational experience rooted in academic rigor and complemented by outstanding athletics and arts. The Pine Crest of today remains dedicated to this tradition while being inspired by innovation, the modernization of education, and the importance of 21st century learning skills.

Building on our work in recent years to design collaborative, student-centered environments, implement workshop model instruction, advance project-based learning, and incorporate brain-based methodologies, Pine Crest opened three Innovation Labs in the summer of 2015 and extended its computer science curriculum beyond high school to include pre-kindergarten through grade 8.

Our efforts to bring MakerEd, problem-based learning, and computational thinking to students of all ages have ignited an explosion of engagement, self-directed discovery and deep learning throughout our school community, and we would like to share our discoveries and experiences with you at this year's Innovation Institute: We Can Change the World! Project-Based Learning Across the Disciplines.

In order to create changemakers of tomorrow, schools must empower their faculty to foster a maker mindset within their school communities - one that promotes risk-taking, creativity, and perseverance so that students' ideas can grow and positively impact our world! Researchers have discovered that project-based learning is vital for preparing students for the world that awaits them.

Session Details: Makers don't sit and get. Makers do! The Pine Crest Innovation Institute offers hands-on workshops led by Innovation and Computer Science Specialists. Attendees will discover first-hand the power of STEAM integration for increasing engagement and deepening understanding.

Highlighted topics: MakerEd, Project-Based Learning (PBL), Computer Science, Video Production, Emerging Technologies, Game-Based Learning, Digital Teaching Tools, Service Learning

Learning tools for discovery: Arduino, KIBO, Code-A-Pillar, Dash-and-Dot, Ozobots, Google, Piper (Build Your Own Computer), Makey Makey, LittleBits, Drones, MIT App Inventor, Scratch, 3D Printers, Laser Cutters,, Wearable Technology, Robotics, Puzzlets, Bee Bots


Phone: Meagan Obst, 954-492-6671


JUNE 7, 2017

  • "Scratch" Pre-Conference Workshop
    Wednesday, June 7, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • "Low Floor, High Ceiling Tools for Exploring Possibilities" Pre-Conference Workshop
    Wednesday, June 7, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

JUNE 8-9, 2017

  • Thursday, June 8, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 9, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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$100 - "Scratch" Pre-Conference

- "Low Floor, High Ceiling Tools for Exploring Possibilities" Pre-Conference Workshop with Colleen Graves and Josh Burker

- for both days (Thursday/Friday), including all meals and Thursday evening dinner


Discounted hotel rate: $150

1700 South Ocean Lane
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

Beachfront resort with complimentary valet and parking. We will provide bus transportation to and from the hotel each day.