The LEAP 2.1 Crew

This is an awesome group of people, no doubt! They were integral in being creators and conceptualists in making this iteration of LEAP diverse and very student centered.


noan_nameI have been in Green School for a while, and always have admired the power of intrinsically motivated learning. So, I jumped at the chance to join the LEAP Academy, where I hope to see students thrive in an environment of their own creation.

Waste has always been a topic I veer away from with students, largely because in my experience we have never created an appealing platform in how to properly cover waste. Whenever we try, we build a bit of an ecophobic element around it, or externalize the responsibility. So it is with great hope that in LEAP Academy we can create a new, more progressive platform to learn about waste.

If you want to see what I have been up to in more detail, please check out my digital CV.


With a crew of 10 students, this was the first full size iteration of LEAP this school year. We came with many great project ideas, and the students undertook the bike building concepts after meeting with some bamboo bike artisans. However, much of the energy went into some neat projects, like the fermentation nation who looked into everything fermented, the games group who sought out ways to improve socializing among our high school and middle school, or the forge builders who just wanted to melt aluminium through their own ingenuity.

Fermentation Nation

A group of LEAP students recognized a shared interest in food processing, particularly how this food could be preserved. The conversation lead students to settle on the idea of exploring the process of fermentation. Through the course of LEAP. the students researched kombucha, sauerkraut, and kimchi, while devising a iterative process in making these foods. Through reading and research the students successfully created products of each, while also finding out through failure along the way what did not work. The process led to many side experiments, such as how palm sugar is made (since the students were keen to try to make Balinese wine). By the end of the project, the students not only discovered secrets to healthy eating, but also taught these processes to younger student in Grade 1 through lessons they designed.

Bamboo Bike Building

Bamboo is kind of an important material here at Green School, and we know personally the great properties of bamboo. This year we saw the resurgence of the bamboo bike building, with more natural and Earth friendly processes than ever. Using bamboo harvested as a group, the students then processed the pieces building a homemade steamer from a few old oil drums. After steaming and curing these, they got together with bamboo bike experts Klaus Volkman and Mark Donovan and built bikes over a 10 day period. Their projects were beautiful and inspirational for the entire school.

Social Gameroom

During the ideation phase, we said anything goes. One student followed our design process and came out with the concept of building a series of tabletop games for Green School. The rationale was that during lunch students wanted something to do, and with our rules against cell phone use for games there needed to be an alternative. Nicolas thought that if we were to produce some table games we could create new ways for the kids to interact.