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HP Sprout - Unleashing Innovation in Schools

In a world where technological advancements seem to happen at such a rapid rate, it's clear that we must keep up with these changes to ensure that we don't fall behind. That's a basic business philosophy. Why should we allow our competitors to get the upper-hand and overtake us when we should be embracing the power of "New" and harnessing it to our advantage?

Not only should this be a philosophy for businesses, but it should also be looked at closely within the educational services industry. Change is happening, and the way we work is too. The whole point behind getting an education, is that the students receiving one will be ready to take on a career that they are well-trained in, and considering the way technology is advancing, educational facilities should be preparing student's for "next-generation careers".

HP Sprout allows schools and colleges to do that by fundamentally changing the classroom experience. The end result is a classroom full of young and enthusiastic people who are creating and solving real-world problems. Bonsall High School in San Diego are one of the many new tech model schools in the U.S. who are partaking in the inclusion of technology in their classrooms and their student's hands, in hope of providing them with a better life and career in the future. 

HP Sprout is such a fun, new way of working which automatically connects with students who straight-away start creating things. At Bonsall High School, there has been a huge paradigm-shift regarding the use of technology. One project that the students had to work on was in relation to World War 2, where they were given the task of creating a Rube Goldberg machine with objects relating to the countries involved which would then interact with the next set of objects to unfold the events of the war in a chain reaction-like sequence. This project was combining the fun aspects of making such a machine work while also implementing the necessary engineering behind it. 

Each student team would represent a country involved in the war and each machine would represent a timeline composed of 10 steps covering a minimum of 5 historical events. Students would be awarded points on their collaboration efforts, content requirements and overall working capacity of the machine. Student's were able to get to grips with the technological capabilities of HP Sprout, for example, stop-motion animation, video capture and 3D printing. 

Students ravaged through recycling bins for anything useful they could find. Wood remnants, plastic bottles and many other unrelated objects were brought into the equation to help them create something amazing. Of course, there was always a chance of failure, but through careful revision of their projects and good collaboration, the students realised that the only thing in their way of failure was time. They began scheduling time before and after school to tweak their chain reaction-like machines to ensure they would work perfectly. They were genuinely engaged and interested as they took a sense of pride in their work. 

One student mentioned how traditional teaching transmits facts that may eventually be forgotten. With HP Sprout, they were involved, they were creating things and making sure it would work. The students challenged themselves but they had fun at the same time. When they finish a project, they can sit back and realise their potential. The process sticks with them for life. HP Sprout is planting seeds of knowledge that will grow throughout their lives, making sure that they will be able to take on any type of next-generation career path they choose.

In a sense, it's almost like the introduction of technology such as Sprout is allowing schools to futureproof the workforce, gearing them up for future workplace environments and keeping them one step ahead of the game. 

Good job HP and Bonsall High School!