Grades 1-5 journeyed to Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center to see “Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation – Live” performance. With excitement and wonder, the Lower School Students found themselves immersed in the potential of the Moravian Academy Mission Skills. Curiosity, empathy, creativity, and perseverance were highlighted as talented actors portrayed some of the world’s most influential innovators. Students witnessed how passion, problem-solving, and perseverance can positively change the world!
“Failure is a key to success” was a central theme in the performance. “Failure is simply the opportunity to start over again,” commented the actor playing Thomas Alva Edison. Learning from our mistakes is simply part of the process for our innovative pioneers, but also our students as well. Taking risks can be uncomfortable and challenging but can yield tremendous learning opportunities and increased chances of success.
Additionally, collaboration was another foundational theme revealed through Orville and Wilbur Wright and Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. Utilizing our own personal strengths, in combination with the strengths of others, is another recipe for successful innovation. The actors made it clear that we all have something valuable to contribute.
At the end of the performance, students reflected upon how the vast and multifaceted experiences of a diverse cross-section of innovators, over time, have courageously shaped our world using curiosity, creativity, and perseverance. Our astute students quickly realized that these are the very skills Moravian Academy embraces and exudes! The future is looking very bright!