Innovation Center slated to open in fall at Rocky Hill School

EAST GREENWICH – An Innovation Center will open in September at Rocky Hill School, offering students enrichment opportunities focused on innovation, design thinking and entrepreneurship.

The private school has partnered with LearnLaunch, a Boston-based organization dedicated to connecting, supporting and investing in the education technology ecosystem, to develop the Innovation Center on the campus.

Selected education technology companies that are part of LearnLaunch’s co-working space/accelerator cohort will test and develop new educational technology with students and faculty at the new center.

“From its start, LearnLaunch has been at the cutting edge of driving ed-tech innovation, and our partnership with Rocky Hill School furthers that goal,” Liam Pisano, LearnLaunch managing director and partner, said in a statement. “By bringing the companies that are developing the latest education innovations directly into a school, we are creating a collaborative platform where entrepreneurs, educators and students can work together to develop and test ed-tech in a real-world environment.”

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According to a recent news release from Rocky Hill School, this is a unique partnership featuring entrepreneurs developing educational products while embedded within the preschool to grade 12 school.

“This exciting partnership will afford students and faculty at Rocky Hill School the opportunity, unique in the nation, to collaborate in creating and refining the next generation of digital classroom tools,” James Tracy, head of school at Rocky Hill School, said. “Our students will have the opportunity to intern directly with the visionary entrepreneurs who are creating the very breakthrough technologies that will shape our educational future.”

Rocky Hill School students and faculty will collaborate with the LearnLaunch team and intern with startup companies on-site.

The Innovation Center also will house artists and teachers-in-residence.