Discovery Day Academy ‘Lighting the Way’ with New Animated Video

Bonita Springs and Clewiston-based Discovery Day Academy, in partnership with FableVision, a Boston-based educational media company, has produced Lighting the Way, a two-minute animated video showcasing 21st century learning. The animation, which can be viewed at, shows that through innovation, collaboration and creative thinking, the world can “light up” with limitless possibility.

Discovery Day Academy engages its students in meaningful learning through The Discovery Method, a project-based learning model developed by Founder and Head of School Elizabeth Garcia. The Discovery Method focuses on deep learning, authentic experiences and 21st century outcomes. On its campuses in Bonita Springs and Clewiston, children are encouraged to practice the 4Cs of 21st century learning—critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication. Garcia said her goal in collaborating with FableVision was to create an animated short film that not only explained the school’s learning model, but would also raise public awareness and encourage other educators to break free from the mold.

The film highlights three areas of learning that are pivotal in our economy, civic engagement, financial responsibility and entrepreneurial dispositions. It focuses on a group of three students tasked to solve an authentic problem: In an effort to cut electricity usage, the city wants to invent the most efficient light bulb. The children work with their teacher to come up with ideas and present solutions.

“We wanted to give a true picture of what 21st century looked like in a fun and inventive way,” said Garcia.

With new headquarters at The Boston Children’s Museum in Boston, and offices in Portland, Oregon and London, the FableVision team enjoys an international reputation for its unique brand of innovative, technology-delivered storytelling and learning, which include K12 software product offerings distributed around the globe. FableVision’s partners and clients include PBS, Sesame Workshop, Scholastic, Nickelodeon/Noggin, the Jim Henson Company, KCET, Carnegie Hall, National Academy of Sciences, WGBH, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Pearson Education, the Research Institute for Learning & Development and Boston University.

Discovery Day Academy was founded in 2006 as an independent school for early learning research. Since the school’s establishment, it has grown to include three campuses in Bonita Springs and Clewiston. For more information, visit

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