– [Jason] So the name String Theory is
a little bit of a playon our strings program,
but also is a way to bringscience to the forefront.
In physics string theorywas a way to rationalize
how you can have mutually exclusive worlds
operate at the sametime in perfect harmony.
In education kids needsome rigor in academics,
but also things like innovationand joy and creativity.
(bright guitar music)
String Theory Schools is based here in Center City, Philadelphia.
Some of our overarching designelements are our pathways,
the passion, our mobile first approach
to technology integration,and our real world culture.
We began with the idea ofgiving students the opportunity
to figure out what typeof learner they are,
and also what type of creative they are.
So in our school model we havea 90-minute-longer school day
that begins in kindergarten, and they have seven extra classes:
声乐 器乐 古典芭蕾
vocal music, instrumental music, classical ballet,
French as a foreignlanguage, creative writing,
visual arts, and science and technology.
– [Teacher] Alright, vinegar’s done!
– They have those classes once a week,
and the idea is
that in the younger grades we’re nurturing them and seeing where their strengths are.
– Being exposed to allthe majors at a young age,
you got to feel out whereyou fit in the best.
– [Jason] And then by middle school
they choose one of thosesubjects as a major,
and then get to spend everysingle day in that major.
– [Teacher] You see ifyou can use those lines
and incorporate that into your design.
– [Rosemary] We try to really make them
think about what area they’retruly passionate about.
-我喜欢写作 表演 电影
– I love to write, act, and film,
so I chose TV andbroadcasting specifically.
You learn so many different things,
from script writing to being on camera
and being behind the camera.
– [Teacher] Alright, ready,
everybody’s still rolling.
-我的专业是STEM科学 技术 工程 数学
– So my major is STEM.
I absolutely fell in love with it.
We did forensics.
We’re doing DNA barcodingand sequencing now.
Do five of the sample, right?
– [Male Student] Yup.
– When I found out you could pick a major
since I love to dance, I picked ballet.
The training’s pretty rigorous.
舞蹈老师：4 5 6 7 8 继续
– [Dance Teacher] 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, continue.
– Playing violin every single day has really taught me time management.
I didn’t know how muchwork would come along
with being a professional.
– We talk a lot about thediscipline that comes from
doing something everyday andto really do a deep dive.
– It takes determination.
It takes dedication.
All of those types of skills
are skills that you can also apply to the academic classroom.
– I get a lot of people saying,”You just dance everyday.”
but we are really focusedon getting our education
and going to dance orsinging, whatever your into.
It’s really equal.
– Another overarching design element is
our mobile-first approachto technology integration.
We know that how students consumecontent and create content
is first and foremost through mobile,
so we gave them all iPads that were both 1-to-1 and 24/7
with the idea that that was gon na be
the primary device for themto engage with their learning.
– You’re learning completely differently.
You’re learning off Apple TVs as opposed to blackboards.
– All of our courses are on iTunes U,
so I’ll go to english, click the course.
I’ll go to history, I’mgonna do the same thing.
So it’s just nice havingeverything in one screen
or our teachers areconstantly getting us to
be creative with our projectsand what apps we use.
– [Teacher] Very nice, so this
I think is the most important part.
– [Jason] Lastly, we haveartists in residence,
scientists in residence,
and entrepreneurs in residence that really are bringing a real world
perspective to these kids, all while going about their school day.
– [Teacher] And oncethis gets to about 350,
we’re gonna start our roast.
– I think just seeing theprofessionals in their element
I think it makes it more cool.
All of a sudden it made it real.
It was like, Oh I can actually do this with my life?
– My teacher here, she’sbeen dancing her entire life.
She pushes us to be thebest that we can be.
She makes us focused.
舞蹈老师：5 6 7 8
– [Dance Teacher] 5, 6, 7, 8
– Some of the biggestbenefits are the creativity
and the innovation that we all have gained from this environment.
If I didn’t have an instrumental class,
or if I didn’t have experience in the Cafe Vine,
I wouldn’t have been able to develop into myself.
– When kids get a chance
to do something they like everyday
they become really well developed kids.
So giving kids an opportunity to
find different ways to pursue their passion
is really central to ourapproach to learning.
– Actors ready?Sound, Camera?