Science-Based Innovation Studios

Science-Based Innovation Studios are created to be a vibrant workspace where the Center brings together local partners from community-based programs and student-led design teams. Participants will share a common interest in early childhood development to mobilize scientific knowledge, leverage “real-world” wisdom, and apply “design-led” problem-solving to move beyond traditional ways of thinking. Teams will identify unmet challenges faced by programs and work collaboratively toward innovative, science-informed solutions.

During the course of this year-long, non-credit workshop series, three design teams will work with coaches from the Center on the Developing Child to frame a design challenge relevant to the local partner, explore its root causes, generate an innovative solution, and test a prototype. Each Center-led design team will be comprised of one local partner and a team of 3 to 4 students who have been selected from a competitive pool of applicants. Using human-centered design methods, the studio workshops draw on the Center’s early childhood science framework as a source of creative insight and inspiration to design bold solutions aimed at breakthrough impacts for children facing adversity.

A total of six studio workshops will be hosted by the Center (October, November, January, February, March, April) ending with a learning expo in May where the design teams will present their solutions to a panel of design, innovation, and field leaders.

  • Meet partners and frame a design challenge
    October 25, 2016, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Explore root causes: Ethnography
    November 15, 2016, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Drive a bold new vision: Identify alternative perspectives
    January 21, 2017, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Brainstorming and science boosters: Generating multiple innovative solutions
    February 11, 2017, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Prototype and test
    March 7, 2017, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Harvest lessons learned: Redesign
    April 25, 2017, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Learning Expo
    May 16, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Call for Applications

A limited number of Harvard graduate students will be selected from the pool of applications to participate in studios. Eligibility and application information can be found here. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2016. Notifications will be made October 10, 2016. The Center is proud to be partnering with the Teaching and Learning Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to host these studios. The orientation studio will begin October 25, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Launchpad at the Gutman Conference Center.

Read more about how to apply

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