Innovation Day: Middle School Students Step into the Future of Financial Learning By Ken Davis Director of Marketing and Admissions Published: 2023-06-14 07:05:10 On Wednesday, June 7th, the RVIS Innovation Center hummed with excitement and energy for the second annual Innovation Day. Organized in partnership between Aion Digital, Espire, and RVIS, the event represented an experiential learning journey that saw middle school students diving headfirst into the world of financial technology. The goal for the day was ambitious yet pertinent in today's digitally interconnected world. Students were tasked with developing a mobile application aimed at helping their peers better manage their finances by gamifying a banking App. This task presented an intriguing challenge that required teamwork, perseverance, agile thinking, and, most importantly, an innovative mindset. The Innovation Day was a testament to the school's commitment to "IGNITing passions" and fostering creativity and innovation in our students. The event brought real-world problems into the classroom, providing students with an opportunity to develop practical solutions. In small teams, the middle schoolers brainstormed, planned, and created. They dug deep into their reserves of knowledge and imagination, thinking beyond textbooks, and leveraging technology to build an application that could potentially reshape their peers' approach to managing money. This task not only honed their technical thinking but also brought to light the importance of soft skills like teamwork, effective communication, and resilience. They learned to accommodate different viewpoints, navigate challenges, and stay committed to their end goal. Each student brought their unique perspective and talents to the table, enhancing the diversity of ideas and promoting an environment of collaborative learning. Aion Digital and Espire played an essential role in guiding our students through this journey. Their industry expertise provided valuable insights into the process of app development, further enriching the students' learning experience. As the day concluded, the students emerged with more than just a concept for a finance management application. They walked away with an enriching experience, a glimpse into the world of financial technology, and a firsthand understanding of the power of innovation. Innovation Day at RVIS was a glowing example of what can be achieved when education meets industry, and when learning is propelled by curiosity, creativity, and a desire to innovate. The students proved that given the agency, support, and an environment that promotes learning and innovation, they could rise to the challenge and exceed expectations.