NuVu (“new view”) is an innovative educational program whose pedagogy is based on the design studio model. Students are taught within the framework of studio projects rather than traditional subjects. The program focuses on hands-on problem solving, encourages an inventive culture, promotes peer teaching and learning, and cultivates kids’ curiosity to explore.

One Student’s Experience at NuVu.

NuVu was developed in partnership with PhD students and faculty from MIT, and the program is housed near the MIT campus in Cambridge.

Beaver students in grades 9-12 may choose to spend a full 11-week trimester in the NuVu program at MIT, in lieu of taking their regular classes at school that term. Each NuVu studio will focus on a different theme or overarching topic.

More information can be found on the NuVu website

Fall 2011 – Food
Our Fall 2011 trimester will revolve around FOOD. What comes to mind when you think about food? Well, in our Fall studios, we will be covering a wide range of topics in the studios including food printers, pancake robots, molecular gastronomy, new materials, sociocultural issues, fair trade, food production and distribution, agriculture, healthy eating, nutrition, access to food, food consumption and sustainable food systems, food energy and many others. Here’s to a variety of food for thought!

Winter 2011-2012 – The Brain
We go deep to explore one of the most complex organs in our body: the brain. Within the brain, the nerve cells or neurons range in the amount of 80 to 120 billion. These neurons are connected by synapses which permit a neuron to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another cell. During the term, we will explore how information is stored from the most basic levels in single neurons all the way to how we process information across the whole brain through various lenses such as movement, synesthesia, sleep, attention and relaxation, personal robotics, music, and film.

Spring 2012 – Government
Our theme for Spring 2012 is government. In this term, students will be tackling local and global issues ranging from civic activism to games that help policy makers design better transportation solutions.