Coding, Robotics, STEM and Design took center stage at this workshop attended by 28 students from around Santiago (including 4 students from neighboring public schools)
A New Solution
Colegio Nido de Aguilas needed a way to engage older middle and high school students in summer learning. They wanted a program that was equal in quality to the already top-notch international education in the normal school year. They also wanted a program that would serve the needs of the community and that would pay for itself.
What we Created and How we Did it
In the initial stages we obtained valuable feedback from the stakeholders in the Nido community about what sort of programming they would like to see. Using the existing staff as well as 3rd party instructors we created a program, called the Nido Summer Experience, that included forensic science, app coding, 2D and 3D design and fabrication, robotics, neuroengineering, modern dance, music production, english as a second language, entrepreneurship workshops as well as math accelerator courses. Along the way we interfaced with the school marketing team to get the invitations out to the Nido community and beyond to participate. We also teamed up with the accounting team to find the right billing structure so as to collect all fees in a simple manner. In 2019 we also created Chile's first project-based experiential learning program for high school students called Nido Works.
Over 4 years, REP has helped take the Nido Summer Experience from 0 students in 2016 to 116 students by 2020. Nido has offered 9 different workshops taught by Nido professors and 3 workshops taught by outside partners. In 2018, Nido also introduced a new experiential learning program, Nido Works, that has facilitated internships for 17 high school juniors and seniors. The Nido Summer Experience has served as the initial point of contact for 49 non-Nido students, 2 of which have enrolled full-time. The program has also served as an opportunity for the development team to test new initiatives such as the one highlighted in the video above. Oh yeah...the program has made money for the school every year!