launching a new era in american education
The Moonshot Laboratory & The Moonshot Incubator
The Moonshot Laboratory is a hyper collaborative community center that combines the cutting edge tools of the modern economy with an international network of experts to help students design, develop and build Moonshot solutions to the great challenges of their day.
When a Moonshot idea emerges from the Laboratory that is where the Moonshot Incubator comes in. The Incubator is there to help them turn their ideas into startup companies or non-profits. Through a groundbreaking financing model, communities and school districts become literally vested in the success of student ideas.
Moonshots to Solve the Great Challenges of Today
The Laboratory has the highest expectation for learning: The Moonshot. Through a scaffolded approach to designing, developing, and building Moonshot solutions to local and global challenges, our students will learn to be problem solvers, inquirers, entrepreneurs, and Moonshot thinkers.
Investing in Our Students and Community
At the heart of The Moonshot Laboratory are student-generated Moonshot solutions to local and global challenges. But simply developing radical and ambitious solutions is not enough to truly impact the problem; the kids need help getting the solution to the people and communities that need them most. This is where the Moonshot Incubator comes in.
Disrupting American Education with Student Agency
At the Moonshot Laboratory students build hyper amounts of empowerment and agency as they design solutions to global challenges. Disruption occurs when Moonshot students bring Student Agency with them back to their traditional classrooms. We feel students, not adults, are our greatest hope to disrupt and transform the American education system.
Moonshots are in the DNA of America
In 1962, President John Kennedy launched us on “the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.” American ingenuity, drive, and passion put a man on the moon just seven years later. Opportunity, community, and possibility are at the heart of the American promise and they should also be at the heart of the American education system.
A joint adventure
edtechteam & the janus group
What started out as a casual conversation four years ago has developed into a strong model to transform the American education system for good. EdTechTeam and the Janus Group have combined their strengths and experiences to begin scaling Moonshot Laboratories and Moonshot Incubators across the country. We hope you join us as partners on our “greatest adventure.”
EdTechTeam is a California benefit corporation and global network of educational technologists dedicated to inspiring and empowering educators to effect meaningful school change. EdTechTeam helps schools develop capacity in Courageous Leadership, Empowered Teachers, Inspiring Spaces, Robust Infrastructure, and Engaged Community, all with the focus of supporting greater Student Agency. The goal is to help students access and use the resources of their world to make an impact themselves – to pursue their interests, solve real problems, and create the world they want to live in. Supporting the Moonshot Incubator is a high leverage opportunity for EdTechTeam to help schools everywhere put these principles into action, and to help communities of every kind benefit from the passion, vision, and ingenuity of their youth. This is only the beginning.
The Janus Group is a 21st century teaching cooperative whose members include teachers, researchers, curriculum developers and education technologists. The Janus Group were the chief architects of Hawaii’s very successful Future Ready Learning program which has since scaled to become a model for Chicago Public School’s Personalized Learning initiative.
Three years ago, the pilot for the Moonshot Incubator was launched at the University Laboratory School in Honolulu. The model has since grown to be a research-based, battle-tested and hyper-scalable approach to fundamentally changing local and national educational archetypes.