Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 25, 2013

Proposed AHS tech center aims to cultivate innovators


Creativity and Innovation: Inspired by Stanford University’s popular “Crash Course on Creativity,” this course is designed to introduce students to a set of tools for generating new ideas individually and as part of a team. Each week, students will be presented with a new challenge that focuses on a different variable related to creativity.

Big Ideas: How Breakthroughs of the Past Shape our Future: Based on National Geographic’s “The Big Idea” series, this course will take students on a voyage through time, exploring the biggest innovations of today by moving back through history to uncover the foundations for groundbreaking science, technology and engineering concepts. Students will explore the history and future of 24 life-changing innovations across six realms, including information and communications, health and medicine, physics and cosmos, chemistry and materials, biology and the environment, and transportation and space exploration.

These courses build from our strategic plan and follow the 2014 Technology and Engineering Literacy Framework developed by the National Assessment Governing Board.

We can train our staff this summer to be ready to teach these courses beginning this fall, and hire new teachers if we don’t have the expertise in-house.

It is vital that this Center for Technology and Engineering be funded in our upcoming budget – and our School Committee, Superintendent Dr. Marinel McGrath and high school leadership team welcome your comments.

I created a website — — where you can view more details about the center and the courses, and provide comments.


David Birnbach is a member of the Andover School Committee and a lead proponent of the center.

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