What is so special about BIC?
The Berwick Innovation Center (BIC) is an evolving program that reaches far beyond the physical Berwick Academy campus. BIC allows students the opportunity to follow their own intrinsic path to discovery.
Through BIC, students design, direct, and drive their learning. Acknowledging that those roads are as different as every student, BIC provides the framework for students to pursue their passion, learn more deeply, and connect to the subject matter in new and creative ways. Drawing from our mission, BIC encourages creativity, engagement, and entrepreneurship, while promoting the ideals of “virtue and useful knowledge.”
Berwick’s curriculum balances tradition with innovation. Simply, some ideas, texts, or thinkers are timeless while others are timely. The Curriculum Council is constantly reviewing what we teach and how we teach it, so our students can participate in classes that are interdisciplinary, engage ideas at the forefront of innovation, and hone 21st century skills. What excites us most about BIC is its ability to be an ever-evolving program, continually expanding and changing with our students’ interests. The possibilities for the program are endless and we look forward to what the future will bring for BIC.
Elements of BIC
Innovation Pursuit Program
The Innovation Pursuit program is a curricular vehicle that allows students to fully engage an intellectual passion. Innovation Pursuits are endeavors that are driven, designed, and directed by individual inquiry. Berwick believes an IP is a valuable learning experience and can play an integral role in the college process. Innovation Jr.
The power of play and explorative fun! Innovation Jr. is an afterschool enrichment program available to students in grades 1-4. Following a club model, Innovation Jr. meets weekly from October through March and students collaborate and creatively problem-solve while working on projects led by a session-mentor.Middle School Makerspace
The Makerspace, located in the Middle School, strengthens a mindset and culture of creativity, collaboration, trust, resiliency, and problem-solving in our community. The Makerspace is an incubator for innovation where questions are valued above answers, students learn by doing, and the final product is determined and assessed by the individual.
During the summer of 2016, the Jackson Library at Berwick Academy will undergo a major transformation, as the better part of the main floor becomes the new Inspiration Commons. Inspiration Commons is the result of a lead gift from an anonymous donor and is intended to provide a collaborative learning space where the community can gather, share, create, innovate, and most importantly inspire each other.