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Category : MVIFI Hosts & Events

11 Jan 2017

Kawai Lai | A Night of Inquiry, Innovation, and Impact

On October 20, 2016 Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in conjunction with its R&D hub MVIFI (Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation), took a deep dive exploration into what the future demands of those who wish to design a better world. Six trailblazers from several industries shared their inspirations and provocations for what the future demands of modern day mavericks. One of the standout speakers was Kawai Lai, the Vice President of Education Technology and Learning Services at the National Association of […]

31 Oct 2016

Share the Well – A Thirst for Innovation

Share the well. At Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, we work to be very intentional about culture. Our mission begins, “We are a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact.” To continuously live into this mission requires a deliberateness about our culture. So, we are responsible and accountable to one another in our school community through the norms that we’ve chosen. One of these norms is “share the well.” To “share the well” originates from the offering of one’s water source to […]

11 May 2016

MVIFI’s #fuse16 partners with four organizations of Plywood People

“We will be known by the problems we solve.” – Plywood People Building on the success of MVIFI’s ambitious mission with #fuse15 to impact Atlanta through design thinking, #fuse16 plans to make another ambitious moonshot this year. At the annual design thinking experience, this year happening June 15-17, we have three major goals: Make an impact in an issue alongside several Atlanta nonprofits Learn design thinking as a practitioner, rather than in a “classroom” setting Model the possibilities and opportunities […]

08 Apr 2016

Prototyping Within a Prototype

It’s easy to find definitions of the steps to the design thinking process and for those who practice design thinking methodologies, it’s also easy to describe to someone what the steps are in this people-centered problem solving technique. But what I think is integral to understanding the dt process is realizing that it’s more than just a set of steps to arrive at a solution that meets the needs of a user. In fact, design thinking is not just a […]

04 Feb 2016

Rescheduled! MVIFI XLR8 Talks: Dr. Dieter Breithecker, VS Furniture

Bodies in Motion, Brains in Motion: Movement makes kids better students. NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for January 22 and was cancelled due to weather. We are rescheduled for April 12! On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) is hosting Dr. Dieter Breithecker, German health and kinetics scientist, to give one of his incredible talks for Mount Vernon Presbyterian School faculty, staff, students, and parents, as well as other Atlanta-area educators and individuals who would […]

01 Feb 2016

The Maker Movement has Something for Everyone | Creative Tension

I learned a valuable lesson Thursday during the MVIFI Dine and Design event. I hate to publicly admit it but I was not looking forward to the event. As a participant in maker sessions in the past I just haven’t enjoyed them that much. It’s not that I haven’t tried to get hooked on the movement. Several years ago I read Silvia Martinez and Gary Stager’s book Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom and I attended their session at […]

11 Dec 2015

How to Host a Maker Dine and Design Evening

As part of MVIFI’s hosting work, we’ve created an evening of fellowship and fun for people to learn more about maker-centered learning environments. The goals of the evening involve helping participants recognize, through direct experience, (1) that deep minds-on learning is connected to hands-on learning; (2) that new tools and materials for creation are more accessible than ever before; (3) that while learning to create something is an individual endeavor, it is often a community of learners that enable/enhance/enrich that learning for […]

03 Dec 2015

MVIFI XLR8 Talks: Dr. Dieter Breithecker, VS Furniture

Bodies in Motion, Brains in Motion: Movement makes kids better students. On Friday, January 22, 2016, the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) is hosting Dr. Dieter Breithecker, German health and kinetics scientist, to give one of his incredible talks for Mount Vernon Presbyterian School faculty, staff, students, and parents, as well as other Atlanta-area educators and individuals who would like to attend. The event, running from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., includes lunch and learning session with Dr. Breithecker. MVIFI […]

25 Oct 2015

Council on Innovation 2015

What if we blurred the boundaries between “school work” and “real-world work?” What if we set the conditions for high-quality collaboration among students, business directors, company executives, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, and school faculty? How might we ignite and nurture life-long curiosity? How might we create School 3.0? These are some of the major, guiding questions that drove the third annual Council on Innovation, hosted by the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. As explained on the […]

15 Oct 2015

MVPS & Atlanta Leaders Tackle “Disruptive Curiosity” | Mount Vernon School News

Mount Vernon’s Council on Innovation set for Friday, October 23 by Allison Toller On Friday, October 23, we will host our third annual Council on Innovation. COI includes leaders who are experts and visionaries in entrepreneurship, business, and education from throughout the Atlanta community. Called together as a league of advisors, the Council provides insight and inspiration to Mount Vernon Presbyterian School and the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation. For a full day, the Council on Innovation will work with students, faculty, and leadership focusing […]