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Saint Francis Xavier


Exploration, Play, Invention, and Creativity Studio

St. Francis Xavier SchoolSaint Francis Xavier School (Wilmette, IL). In 2013, Saint Frances Xavier developed its EPIC framework to promote students and teachers’ Exploration, Play, Invention, and Creativity. The EPIC themes provide scope and purpose so that faculty make connections between the school’s mission, curriculum, and the engagement of all students. The EPIC Studio, home to technologies and out-of-the-box thinking tools, is adjacent to the library to promote project-centered activities and dialogue. During classroom EPIC hours and project-based activities, students engage in creative problem-solving, maker-skills, digital citizenship, and emerging technologies. A preschooler may access EPIC through the school’s Imagination Playground while an 8th grader may access EPIC through the school’s Biomechanics and Prosthetics Club. The EPIC framework fosters students’ curiosity, builds critical thinking skills, emphasizes fundamental STEM principles, and unlocks students’ abilities to make a difference by developing a rich tool box of skills and talents.

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