There was great emotion on The Hall’s stage - the H-FARM’s auditorium - last Wednesday evening. The encouragement applause from a cheering audience was equally great, while 40 students from H-International School MYP4 classes (Grade 9) presented their 8 newborn startups at Ca’ Tron during the Acceleration Lab Demo Night.
During the past school year, MYP4 students split in 8 groups worked on 8 social-based projects, under the guidance of 8 H-FARM mentors: important themes, not easy to investigate but certainly relevant. The total amount of the curricular hours the students spent on these projects was called Acceleration Lab, which is officially part of the H-International School Academic Plan: the aim is to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset, project and self-management skills as well as research and communication skills. Together with the Magic Hours, the Acceleration Lab is part of the “H-FARM Pathway” and it is based on the IB learning philosophy, helping students to become internationally minded and forward thinkers.But the Acceleration Lab is also a competition, because the most interesting project was awarded with a golden tractor and a tour at the World Disney Company offices in Milan. The jury was composed by Riccardo Donadon (H-FARM founder and CEO), Mauro Bordignon (H-International Schools Educational Group Coordinator) and Stefano Rossi (H-FARM HR Manager). Let’s see what the students came up with...
The European Citizenship group planned StarsHub, an app that puts in contact all its users to foster a sense of belonging to a single, big country called Europe. Through the app, users can have information and suggestions on sightseeing about a specific city from its local residents, find and offer hospitality, organize meetings. The Economic Citizenship group focused on the promotion of ethic awareness in consumers, working with Fairtrade and recommending the use of Fairtrade branded products in the whole H-FARM. The Immigration and Integration group, after meeting some African immigrants hosted in a local centre, suggested to have some of them working at the H-FARM Education Sparx Camp, whereas the Sports group planned a big sports tournament and a field trip by bike on the river Sile for H-FARM Employees. The river Sile is also the location of the itinerating event organised by the Climate Change group, in collaboration with Grow The Planet. The Ethics and Technology group created a videogame to raise their peers’ awareness on Cyberbullying, whereas the Agrifood group reflected on the lack of food resources in the world and on how to support H-FARM food startups. And last but not least comes the winning group: the Cultural Heritage one. Students and mentors, after interviewing a former boatman of the Sile river, invented an entire board game named Cooltour, similar to the popular Monopoly. After rolling dice and picking cards, pieces move on a river Sile drawing while players are led through its history and traditions. Moreover, the group analysed competitors and costs… And launched their board game on Ingiegogo, the crowdfunding platform.
Congratulations to all our MYP4 students, Acceleration Lab pioneers!