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Explorations are Back!

Explorations are back and better than ever. Here's the complete schedule of all that innovators can look forward to this fall and beyond.

New England Innovation Academy is gearing up for an exciting 2023-2024 explorations program that promises to showcase the spirit of competition and foster personal development for its students. This year, NEIA is offering more options, both on the field and off, than ever before. 

Fall Season:

  • Cross Country (team)
  • Soccer (exploration)
  • Girls’ Volleyball (team)
  • eSports (team)
  • Fitness (exploration)
  • Mountain Biking (exploration)
  • Pickleball (exploration)
  • Robotics (exploration)

Winter Season:

  • Basketball (exploration)
  • Wrestling (exploration)
  • eSports (team)
  • Fitness (exploration)
  • Robotics (exploration)

Spring Season:

  • Mountain Biking (exploration)
  • Track and Field (team)
  • Tennis (team)
  • Golf (exploration)
  • eSports (team)
  • Robotics (exploration)

Fall Explorations began on Tuesday, September 5, and runs until November 16. 

At NEIA, student input plays a crucial role in shaping the athletic program. Several new programs, such as wrestling, emerged from student suggestions, highlighting the school’s commitment to creating opportunities that resonate with its student body. Athletics instills values like discipline, teamwork, and perseverance while promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. By offering diverse athletic opportunities, NEIA aims to nurture a well-rounded student population and provide a platform for students to pursue their passions beyond the classroom.

“I’d like to give a shout-out to the tennis players and every one of the track and field runners who participated. I don’t think they realize it, but they started something,” Gary Dunn, Head of Student Life, said. “It was an emotional experience seeing them run their first meet. They were as nervous as could be and when they were done, they were just full of excitement and just seeing that and seeing that this is the first time that these kids have experienced that, it was amazing to witness.”

ESports at NEIA focuses primarily on the game Valorant, one of the most popular games among students in this demographic. The team consists of five main players, with a few substitutes. In Valorant, each player controls a unique agent specializing in a specific role, emphasizing the importance of teamwork. Alex Yu’s coaching approach involves starting from the basics and gradually building up skills and team dynamics.

According to Alex, eSports provides an opportunity for students to learn about collaboration, communication, and the bigger picture beyond individual performance. These skills can be applied not only in the game but also in real-life situations.

“It would have meant so much if my high school had a team like this,” Alex said. “There’s so many exciting things here. Being at NEIA is just such a blank canvas. That’s why I love it so much. Anything can happen. It’s awesome.”

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After our first full week into summer, we want to look back on a year-long project that yielded impressive results for three of our amazing rising 12th graders.

This past fall, NEIA 11th graders pitched products that could add value to people’s lives by curing diseases or ailments. This is part of the BioTrek Program: a joint initiative by ARMI (Advanced Regenerative Medical Institute) and BioFabUSA. Students pitched their amazing ideas to Tim McCauley, their peers, and a panel of judges made up of NEIA staff members. 

Throughout these presentations, our students walked through all phases of the Biotrek journey. First, identifying a problem. Second, engineering a solution using bio-manufacturing techniques. In the third phase, they developed a business and financial model for their product. The final phase was this event: pitching to their peers and judges. They are trying to solve real medical issues, such as endometriosis, chronic lung disease, color blindness, and osteogenesis (just to name a few). 

The winners moved on to the Final Presentations judged by representatives from ARMI and Biofab, which decided
who would represent NEIA against other schools in the Biotrek Championship. The winning group chosen to go to the championship was Endopexy, created by Milena, Lila, and Max H.

Milena, Lila, and Max’s hard worked paid off as they were the winning team of the championships. We are so proud of these three innovators for working hard the whole year and being recognized in such a highly competitive program.

This project-based learning program continues to be a very valuable experience for our innovators. You can clearly see the intersection of subjects like science, math, entrepreneurship, and communications. It is the perfect example of how integrated academics lead to exciting projects and connections.

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This weekend, three of our 11th grade students: Vicki, Owen, and Langston, won first place at the Entrepreneurship for All - EforAll All Ideas Pitch Competition for their idea around the NEXTGEN Summit, a conference that Langston initiated this spring at NEIA.

Owen explains the idea to execution as follows, "My mother is an alum of the Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Business Accelerator Program. One night while scrolling Instagram, she found a post by EforAll about an All Ideas Pitch Competition happening. She sent me the post at 11:20 p.m. and we were signed up for the event by 12:15 a.m. A few weeks later we were selected to table at the event with the potential of being able to participate in the final pitch competition. We landed a spot in the pitch competition, and it was a huge success as we not only won the first place prize of $1000, but also won the Fan Favorite prize for an additional $500. We were by far the youngest attendees at the event and were pitching with people who were already well removed from college."

We are so proud of our innovators and commend them for their efforts to not only seek new opportunities each and every day but to thrive within them.

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That’s a wrap! We will see you soon, innovators. We miss you already.

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