A joint adventure
Education incubator, the janus group & EdTechTeam
What started out as a casual conversation four years ago has developed into a strong model to transform the American education system for good. The Education Incubator, The Janus Group and EdTechTeam have combined their strengths and experiences to begin scaling Moonshot Laboratories to communities across Hawaii and beyond. We hope you join us as partners on our “greatest adventure.”
launching a new era in american education
The Moonshot Laboratory
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.
Moonshots to Solve the Great Challenges of Today
Learning at the Laboratory
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
The Moonshot Incubator
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
Students as the Agents of Change
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.
We Choose to go To the Moon
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.
About the partners
The Education Incubator (EI) is a Hawaiʻi non-profit dedicated to unleashing the power of community-driven innovation to accelerate educational change. We believe in the power of inspired and supported students, educators, and communities to not only change education, but generate the solutions to the challenges, questions, and opportunities of tomorrow.
Informed by our experiences in and understanding of classroom practice, school administration, systems thinking, and state and federal policy, we believe that education is the backbone for creating communities that can thrive in our rapidly changing global economy. These communities require deep thinkers and big dreamers who are empowered to create and build a better future for themselves and the world around them.
The Moonshot Laboratory Hawaiʻi is the first of many groundbreaking EI initiatives meant to spur entrepreneurship, innovation and transformation in Hawaiʻi’s classrooms.
The Janus Group is a Honolulu based 21st century teaching cooperative whose members include teachers, researchers, curriculum developers and education technologists. The Janus Group are 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 Laboratory 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.
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.