Problem: The Advanced Education Nucleus (Nave) proposes to stimulate students in all dimensions so that they can become complete humans. The school operates in the José Leite Lopes State High School in the neighborhood of Tijuca, in the north zone of Rio de Janeiro. The school seeks to train those that participate to recognize their potential. Opened in 2008 with the support of the Oi Future Institute, this project combines secondary education with technical courses, operating as a nucleus of research and innovation, as well as an information dissemination center.
Solutions: The school trains students in how to operate in the digital market, using the internet, cellular phones, games and TV. It offers three specializations: a guide for digital media; multimedia and digital games programming. Selected based on an entrance examination, the students have contact with subjects from the three professional courses in the first year. In the second year, they choose which of the three courses they wish to pursue and they study the chosen area in more depth. In total, the course lasts three years and combines traditional subjects from secondary education with learning for the job market in the 21st century. The school includes technological institutions and high-end resources which ensure the excellence of the training of the students. Classes are held from 7am to 5pm.
During these classes, students are encouraged by the teachers to develop products of a similar quality to those found in the market. The projects can be carried out in different formats, using video, games, manual art or texts. The teachers participate in training courses and the results of their discussions and projects are replicated in other schools.
Outcomes: The students receive a diploma of secondary and technical education and have recorded excellent results in tests such as the Enem. The school was recognized as one of the 33 most innovative in the world by Microsoft in 2013, earning a partnership with the company, which offers tools, such as DreamSpark for developers, and the Microsoft IT Academy, a platform that certifies the students in programs such as Word and Excel.