Solve the World's Grand Challenges
(our imagined future)
HackSchool transforms education into a tool communities use to solve problems.
(how we realize this future)
HackSchool accelerates student learning by facilitating collaboration between students, exceptional educators, and world-class experts to solve community problems.
(what we do)
- Solve real community problems through technology: design, engineering, manufacturing, and testing.
- Make a positive, document-able impact in the community through our projects.
- Grow students' technological abilities to a professional level before graduating from high school.
We launched a Kickstarter campaign in November 2015, and we were overwhelmed with community support! The campaign quickly more than doubled our $17,500 goal to cover the costs of a laser cutter, robotics components, 3D printers, and video production equipment. This is all thanks to our community and education innovators around the country!
HackSchool has been running small pilot programs to test assumptions around our reality-based education approach. These smaller pilots have included very diverse programs: art & entrepreneurship, software development and computer hardware, academic philosophy, wilderness survival and environment, leadership, and international community-building & language acquisition in the United States, Brazil, and South Africa. These early pilots ranged from 25-80 students each and took place on either a daily or weekly basis for anywhere from 2 to 8 months at a time in communities historically underrepresented in higher education and across various fields.
After the crowdfunding campaign, our students started worked to create projects that help real people. Including a "smart" cane for blind people, a super low-cost solar smartphone charger for use in rural communities, 3D designed and printed educational models for blind students in India, and more. Just months after beginning, we were invited to meet with Senior Staff at the White House and our team (2/3 students) was the runner up in The Mind Trust's national School Design Competition.
HackSchool is now building upon this school design work in collaboration with education leaders around the country and plans to open a high school, with a radically new school model, in the near future.
Homework, tests, and lectures are not enough. We believe that the true purpose of education is to enable people to create real things that make the world better.