The Bold Ideas contest was designed to encourage school districts to think about their vision for the future. The top bold ideas revealed a number of key trends that districts are exploring including a focus on STEAM-oriented facilities, the emergence of learning labs and experiential learning opportunities, and ideas that help schools engage more directly with the community at large. Career development, specifically helping students build new skills through technology improvements and faculty training in specialized education tactics, were also showcased in the submissions.
The Winning Bold Idea
There's no better example of this philosophy in action than this year's Bold Ideas winner, Moon Area School District (Moon ASD), in Moon Township, PA. The school's bold idea was to create a fully functioning aquaponics laboratory — the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) in one integrated system. As the winner of the contest, Moon Area School District received $100,000 and access to Schneider Electric's team of experts to support its bold idea. Moon ASD's winning idea was selected from hundreds of submissions made by schools nationwide.