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The Center for Innovation at South Kent School is a 21st Century program that will integrate the foundations of Stewardship, Communication and Applied Technology through a challenge based learning curriculum. Aided by instructors, students will be encouraged to take an in depth approach to studying one of these three critical domains while gaining an understanding of the interrelationship of these converging trends.
Historical Building and Sustainable Design
South Kent School students are branching out from the traditional academic trek and learning first-hand about sustainability at the Center for Innovation. With the guidance of Rich Chavka, Associate Head of South Kent School the boys are undertaking site planning and experiential learning while striving to practice sustainable design. The students have completed and are already well on their way to completing a second post and beam shed that will aid in the implementation of the permaculture zones.
Watch out for roving ecologists and environmental scientists at the Center for Innovation. Led by instructor Mike Benjamin-Director of Sustainability at South Kent School these boys are repeatedly making the most of the Center for Innovation. In the Ecology class, the boys are being exposed to the natural habitats of Northwestern Connecticut. The Center for Innovation property provides ample opportunity to observe and study the ecosystems of wetlands, forests and meadows.
The Advanced Environmental Science class also can be seen regularly out at the Center for Innovation. The history of the Arno Farm, combined with the close proximity to Hatch pond involves South Kent students in a living learning laboratory. The Environmental Science Students have a multi-year study of the soil and water quality at the Center for Innovation. At the end of the school year some the boys will present their findings to a panel of faculty and peers as part of an ongoing class project.