Experts who have helped us along the way. 

High Tech High is one of the most respected project-based learning schools in the US. They have a college acceptance rate of 100% and they frequently give workshops on PBL around the globe. We'll be collaborating with them frequently over the next two years to ensure that we're providing the best learning experience possible for our students at FDR. Randy Scherer from HTH visited our campus for three days in August and gave workshops to the Innovation Academy and to our entire staff.

With the help of Carsten Korch--founder and editor of Peru this Week--and Alix Farr, the Innovation Academy is now running the student news section of Peru this Week called The Break. We will be publishing stories every Thursday about events happening in Lima and around the world. 

At the end of our unit on media, journalism and storytelling, Maria Luisa Martinez joined us to share her own stories as a Univision reporter for more than 20 years. She has covered a wide range of events from the Shining Path terrorist strikes and Gaston Acurio's impact on Peruvian cuisine, to the South American World Cup. The students learned what the life of a journalist is really like when she has to drop everything to cover a breaking story.

David Fischman, author of nine books on leadership and an international lecturer, will visit our classroom on three different occasions to share his experience in the corporate world. He earned his MBA from Boston University and is the founder of UPC, a well-known university here in Lima, Peru. As a class, we're also reading his bestselling book "The Secret of the Seven Seeds", and Dr. Fischman will be discussing the importance of self-knowledge, balance, and leadership with the Innovation Academy students.

As president of the marketing firm Garwich BBDO, Eduardo Wichtel's expertise has been invaluable for the juniors in the Innovation Academy. He has given them feedback on their marketing pitches, connected them to Pepsi Co. and provided an internship for one of our students. We are extremely grateful for all of his contributions to the IA. 

Since the IA began in 2013, Esteban Hurtado--CEO of Banco Financiero--has supported the Innovation Academy in a number of ways. From giving us a presentation on finance at his bank to offering internships to IA students, he has been constantly willing to share his expertise. 

Live anywhere long enough, and it's easy to become complacent. We start going to the same shops, the same restaurant on a Friday night, and even the same parts of the city. But Lima Daily Secret--a refreshing website designed to uncover what's great about our city--reminds us how eclectic Lima really is. So check out their website and "fall in love with Lima all over again."

On August 22nd, Vanessa Linares and Josue Chavez from Ludica spent three hours with the Innovation Academy. They taught us how to use Adobe Premiere to edit films, and students were amazed by how powerful the editing software was. From the short training, students are already using Premiere to edit their upcoming movies.