Quests are real-world projects to master 21st-century skills. Usually lasting four- to six-weeks, each Quest includes a series of challenges bound by a compelling narrative and is designed to deliver 21st century skills while simultaneously incorporating traditional topics like science, social studies, and history.
How do leaders build culture? Is it be demanding things or through modeling actions?
Servant Leadership | The first half of the year will see the Spark Studio spending an entire session on a focus area as they step into the flow of Acton and prepare to launch into more complicated Quests later in the year. Last session the studio focused on "building the tribe" and "defining emotions".
Each week this session the Spark heroes will explore a different aspect of servant leadership through their launches and projects.
Week 1: Random Acts of Kindness Week 2: Paying it Forward Week 3: Volunteering Week 4: Thankfulness/Gratitude Week 5: Thanksgiving/Exhibition Prep
What role does architecture & community design play in building culture? Could my calling be in architecture?
Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture Quest | This quest is completed in pairs, with challenges taking Lions through the process of designing their own Acton School building: research, design (drafting/sketching), and construction (model building). The goals of this quest include: to introduce the Lions to architecture as a calling and the heroes who chose it, to inspire a love of design and creation, and to instill a deeper understanding of process and the importance of knowing when to follow instructions and when to take your own path. The challenges require deep focus, attention to detail, and an understanding of applied mathematics. The creative element of this quest, along with strict deadlines, requires Lions to self-manage and stop creating when time is up.
Do We Look to the Past, Present, Future, or Distant Lands for Direction? How does travel shape our view of culture?
World Traveler Quest | During this session Lions explore the world through travel. Asking hard questions like: Do we look to the past, present, future, or distant lands for direction? Why travel? With who? Should it be a tight or loose schedule? Cheap or luxurious?
Along the way Lions will be planning a life changing trip to a city they would love to visit, complete with travel itineraries, budgets, trip preparations and useful travel tools. Lions will also create a Bucket List of places they want to see in the world (and in Nebraska), as well as learning to create a complete itinerary; a trip budget and a Google Earth Tour for a relative who can’t make the trip they planned!
Writer's Workshop: A Speech in the Shoes of a Historical Figure Civilization: Middle Ages Creativity Time: Improv Workshop