Our Education Philosophy
We believe in learning by doing. We teach kids and teens to interact creatively with digital technology. Our curriculum is inspired by project-based learning and inquiry-based instruction strategies. We believe that kids and teens who are engaged in the learning process invest in their work and feel proud to take ownership over their education. By introducing them to cutting-edge technologies that will become ubiquitous in the future, we give our members a competitive advantage.
The Social Experience
The Pixel Academy provides an educational learning experience for kids and teens. We believe that, by facilitating a safe space where kids are free to express themselves, their imaginations will inspire their creative pursuits. We believe that, by combining cutting-edge technology with excited minds, we can encourage endless creative possibilities. The social element is a crucial component of the Pixel Academy experience. The Pixel Academy after-school and camp space presents a unique opportunity for kids and teens who may not otherwise gravitate towards social settings to interact on their own terms and connect over the often ostensibly asocial interests that excite them. Since much of the technology we teach is new to everyone, we don’t need to segregate by age, sex, or learning level. We work to break down the social barriers that kids and teens face in school and allow our members to explore and develop their identities in an inclusive environment. For example, younger members learn from and problem-solve alongside older members who, in turn, have the opportunity to develop confidence and leadership skills as role models. In short, we believe that dissolving social divides helps kids and teens develop social skills and inspire each other.
Learning is its own reward. But we also believe in providing additional incentives for members to challenge themselves. Our workshops teach specific skills using hands-on activities and allow members to earn Pixel Points. Members earn rank by collecting rewards and working on Big Projects. During Team Time, members work on individual projects alongside other members with similar interests so they can support each other and share the problem-solving experience as they confront similar obstacles. We believe the biggest rewards don’t have to be the most obvious. Although the Pixel Academy doesn’t feel anything like school, members are constantly learning and reinforcing fundamental academic skills (like geometry through 3D modeling, literary techniques through video game design, spelling through coding, and the scientific process through planning, prototyping, testing, and revising laser-cut and 3D-printed projects.) But the most important reward is fun. We believe that the only thing more fun than listening to music, playing a videogame, or buying jewelry, is making your own.