Innovation class is set up for our 4th-8th grade learners in our art space where they can create, build, and think critically. Inspired by Emmanuel’s Summer Enrichment S.T.E.A.M. Academy our Innovation class asks Middle School students to approach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with the mindset of problem-solvers, inventors, and entrepreneurs.
Emmanuel’s Innovation class approach is to create a bridge to STEAM fields through various projects such as Soap Box Derby. The engineering challenge included 3rd grade as well to work along side 4th & 5th grade in the Soap Box Derby Team. We have partnered with sponsors of Emmanuel and our team competed for the first time May of 2019. Our learners did so well our sponsors gifted us with another car to race two teams May 2020! Innovation includes Community Art & Planning (Five Point Art Garden), STEM Forums and Human Awareness through Art. We integrated the Arts with Engineering by making clay bowls as a service project for the Akron Food Bank. The students were prepped with a discussion of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms speech. We evaluated the Freedom of Want and reflected the disparages of kids their age going home with no food to eat. The bowls were available during Emmanuel’s Annual Art Show at Akron Children’s Museum and Early Education Summa Healthy Eating Initiative.
Emmanuel’s Five Points Art Garden comes together in a labor of love and complete. Thank you everyone for the continuous support to bring our vision to life. Akron Community Foundation and the City of Akron granted Emmanuel funding to improve intersection Work Dr., W. Exchange, and Portage Path with Art! We were also able to partner with Christ Community Chapel (Highland) with donation of flowers and mulch. The Chapel assisted us with installing the benches and Five Points Art Garden Sign. We extend special thank you to the late Mr. Rowland from the City of Akron for the donation of the street stop signs to fabricate our benches.
Emmanuel learners during innovation class planned, mapped out and constructed artwork that is now installed. APS Portage Path Elementary made their contribution as well. The Five Points Art Garden will be a place for our community to enjoy. We hope to continue our efforts to integrate throughout the community giving a platform for our learners to tell their story with art displays and more community work.