According to The Winston School PTO Treasurer Stacey T. Quarles,
“For every parent of school aged children, 2020 has been a year that requires ingenuity and innovation to meet the challenges of learning during lock-down and other pandemic protocols. Parents of students who learn differently are no strangers to challenge. Our family joined the Winston School in 2019 specifically to empower our son Ian to meet the challenges of our evolving world with confidence.
“During our school tour we saw the Solar Car Laboratory, where the team was wiring the electrical components of their competition vehicle. In the 3D Arts Studio, Ian was fitted with protective welding equipment. In an instant my truculent teen transformed, studiously engaging with the student who taught him how to safely operate the torch. When we were shown the space where the Innovation Studio would be constructed, we knew we had found a school where Ian’s academic capability and visual-spatial talents could be polished to the unique creative brilliance that can be found among so many students who learn differently.
“Used by students from K to 12th grade, problem-based learning will be the cornerstone of the studio. By providing appropriate space and resources to students, they will be able to identify a problem or need, prototype a solution, and refine their prototype as they move through testing their theory. This design-based process and collaborative refinement will lay the framework for lifelong skills and success in the competitive marketplace.
“My wish this year is that we will be able to secure the funds necessary to complete the Innovation Studio at The Winston School, so our talented young people are ready to be a part of our growing Dallas economy.”
* Graphic/photo provided by The Winston School