Nobel Prize Winner and Award Winning MIT Professor Help Launch Acera School Opening Ceremony

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Jack W. Szostak, 2009 Nobel Prize Winner, and Angela Belcher, a world-renowned MIT professor and recipient of the 2004 MacArthur Genius Award and the 2013 MIT Innovator Award, will join Acera School parents, teachers, and the local community to welcome the Acera School to its new location at 5 Lowell Ave in Winchester MA on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

Acera: The Massachusetts School of Science, Creativity and Leadership was founded in 2010 as an independent STEM school to meet the needs of high ability students by offering learning with a runway that honors each student’s potential. Acera strives to develop the next generation of scientists, innovators, and leaders who can make a positive impact in the world. By offering accelerated students opportunities according to their abilities, rather than their age, Acera provides boundless access to learning.

The Acera School Opening Ceremony will begin with an Open House from 3:30-5:00pm, immediately followed by a special “Innovation Snapshots” presentation from 5:00-5:30pm. Drs. Belcher and Szostak will each share an innovation snapshot from their fields of work and share opinions on how education should evolve at a time when so much is rapidly changing in science and society.    

Angela Belcher and Jack Szostak are ideal representatives for the launch of the new Acera School location, as their field work represents Acera’s philosophy of inter-disciplinary learning. Acera partners with great thinkers from MIT, Tufts, and Harvard Medical School to link scientific questions and creative thinking to real world problems.

Dr. Belcher, a curriculum collaborator at Acera and proponent of project-based learning, noted: “Acera’s integrated education model will provide both a strong intellectual foundation and provide a springboard to help students tackle important problems in science, engineering and leadership that are currently so pressing to our society.”

Another Acera supporter and curriculum collaborator, Dr. Calum MacRae, Associate Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, said of the Acera teaching team: “The innovative approaches to learning that you and your colleagues are developing are focused on stimulating and nurturing intellectual inquiry that will equip students for the rest of their lives. I am convinced that the discovery-focused learning environment that you are creating is destined to make major contributions to moving education into the information age.”

According to Acera Founder and Co-Director Courtney Dickinson, “These scientists are role models for all of us – to fearlessly ask questions and collaborate with others to learn, explore, and solve problems. Inspiring students to consider big questions and engage with passion is what we are all about. Collaborative community and meaningful inquiry are values we believe should be present in all schools and communities. We are delighted to welcome the community to our Open House and Opening Ceremony. We now have a home to grow our school and our outreach to a much broader community.”

The next generation of creative problem solvers and leaders are invited to attend Acera’s Open House and Celebration of Innovation on Thursday, November 14, 3:30-5:30pm. In addition, Acera offers a wide range of after school enrichment programs including filmmaking, computer programming and carpentry that are open to the public. For more information, please visit http://www.aceraschool.org or call 781-729-3489.

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