Creating Solutions to COVID-19 Impact

As we all shift our work, families, and spirit to live and thrive in a time of uncertainty, the Jacobs Institute for Innovation continues to be here as a support to educators, schools and districts. With a mission to power K-20 inclusive innovation, we are actively researching, developing and facilitating educational solutions with educators, parents and students to help to navigate our rapidly evolving world.

For the immediate future:

Jacob's Institute staff working from home.

The team is in!

Our team is working remotely and we are available Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM PT.
Educational Innovation Certificate brochure cover art of the USD Immaculata.

Online teaching strategies and more

Instructors in our Certificate of Educational Innovation program are offering no-cost webinars with tips and solutions you can use now to support virtual learning, including topics such as online teaching strategies and online course design.
Global Cardboard Challenge displaying the "share ideas not germs" hashtag.

A maker competition for kids

STEM WoW, the NSF-funded team, is offering the Global Cardboard Challenge in partnership with Makerpedia.
The Pactful illustration with four cartoon people on it.

Teachers helping teens build a better world

Pactful, our app and digital curriculum that facilitates social good innovation and design thinking with teens and teachers, is offering webinars to help parents, teachers, and schools get started. Keep your eyes open for our Build Your Own Teen Changemaker Bootcamp, for educators who want to host a changemaker challenge this summer or fall, either virtual or on campus.
Visuospatial origami kits and classes with two kids holding up their icosahedron-shaped origami projects.

Visuospatial origami kits and classes

Drawing on world-class research, our VisMO research team is creating solutions to help teach visuospatial and computational thinking skills using origami. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the team is developing VisMO Brainfood kits, for families without internet access, VisMO MasterClass, for students with internet access, and VisMO EasMO kits for teachers who want to support students at home.