IDEA Lab

Innovation. Design. Engineering. Art.

The Frankford Friends School IDEA Lab serves as the physical home base for our project-based learning initiative. Students embrace challenges, work collaboratively, and come up with real solutions to address the needs of a rapidly changing world.

Students lead their own learning, collaborating with their peers, receiving guidance from teachers, and practicing personal accountability to help them progress from point A to point B. Students become project managers, taking a major role in the way that a project or unit progresses. They document the whole process, keeping track of their very first idea lists, and their meticulously collected research, writing, and sketches. FFS students are cognizant of the steps they took — never just doing a project at the direction of their teacher — and they truly engage with the whole process and take ownership over the concrete actions they took to reach the finish line.

A Global Education

Frankford Friends School has adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a foundational framework to engage our students in taking action towards improving the global challenges we face.

The SDGs provide students with lived experiences that help them make a meaningful connection between their studies and our fundamental responsibilities in areas of critical importance for humanity and the Earth, including those related to human rights, climate, environmental degradation, and peace and justice. By incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into our curriculum, we have set the stage for our students’ long-term success in understanding their responsibility towards people and our planet. This principle is fundamental to our mission and essential to living our Quaker values.  

Action & Service

An important aspect of this initiative is the formation of partnerships with people and organizations who are working on the same issues that students are exploring in class. Not only do our students see what action looks like, but they come to understand the connection between learning in the classroom and the local services and initiatives within the Greater Philadelphia area. We want them to know that every action taken can build a better future for life on Earth.

A Global Education

Frankford Friends School has adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a foundational framework to engage our students in taking action towards improving the global challenges we face.

The SDGs provide students with lived experiences that help them make a meaningful connection between their studies and our fundamental responsibilities in areas of critical importance for humanity and the Earth, including those related to human rights, climate, environmental degradation, and peace and justice. By incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into our curriculum, we have set the stage for our students’ long-term success in understanding their responsibility towards people and our planet. This principle is fundamental to our mission and essential to living our Quaker values.  

Action & Service

An important aspect of this initiative is the formation of partnerships with people and organizations who are working on the same issues that students are exploring in class. Not only do our students see what action looks like, but they come to understand the connection between learning in the classroom and the local services and initiatives within the Greater Philadelphia area. We want them to know that every action taken can build a better future for life on Earth.