Farpoint Institute

Strategic Partnership for Community Center

Renaissance Academy, Victor Williamson and the SpaceEdventures Foundation are excited to announce their strategic partnership to create The Farpoint Institute at Renaissance Academy in Lehi, Utah. The institute will serve as a community center for the development and teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.) curriculum and educational simulations. Mr. Williamson will be the Director of the Farpoint Institute.

Mr. Williamson has been a nationally recognized educator for over 30 years. He is also the founder and creative force behind the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center in Pleasant Grove. With the help of many dedicated local volunteers, Victor and his talented Space Center staff have produced an amazing journey of educational discovery for nearly 310,000 people over the last 23 years.

Mark Ursic, Executive Director of Renaissance Academy, comments on the shared vision of these two organizations: “The motto of Renaissance Academy is: Curiosity translating into Contribution-Play, Wonder, Explore, Serve. Victor Williamson’s educational philosophy has always incorporated these elements into innovative educational programs that challenge students in ways not possible in a traditional classroom. Our school charter includes a similar mandate–to provide an experiential and cross-curricular education for our students. We do this well and our commitment to that methodology distinguishes us in the education community. Under Victor Williamson’s leadership, the Farpoint Institute will provide even greater educational opportunities for K-12 students in the area.”

Victor Williamson: “I am looking forward to working with Renaissance Academy to develop programs that inspire young people to expand their horizons and provide them the skills necessary to realize their dreams. My personal motto is: Imagine, Believe, Learn, and Do. This motto, like that of Renaissance, relies on inspiration as the fountainhead of learning. This shared philosophy sets the stage for the creation of exciting and dynamic educational opportunities that will take children to the next level of critical thinking by building confidence, working as a team and proving that education can be fun and engaging.”

First Initiative of Farpoint Institute

Farpoint’s first initiative will be a S.T.E.M.-based after school program open to Renaissance students and the community-at-large. Students in the afterschool program will have the opportunity to learn from Mr. Williamson and previous space education center volunteers in a variety of hands-on classes, including:

  • Astronomy
  • Space Exploration
  • Aviation
  • Geology
  • Nuclear Science
  • Web Development

Letter from Mark Ursic, Executive Director of RA

Dear Renaissance Academy Families:

I am very pleased to share with you an exciting new initiative we are starting at Renaissance. Most of you are familiar with the Christa McAuliffe Space Center at Central Elementary in Pleasant Grove. The founder of the Space Center program is Victor Williamson. After 23 years of operation, this amazing educational program was closed in October of last year. Recently, a greatly reduced program offering was reopened-but only for field trips for Alpine District 6th grade students.

After the closing in October, Mr. Williamson and a small group of volunteers (including Renaissance parent Heather Groom) formed the Space EdVentures Foundation to promote the educational philosophy that Mr. Williamson utilized in creating the Space Center program. We are excited to partner with them to announce the Farpoint Institute at Renaissance Academy. More information will be forthcoming. The following is an advance copy of a press release that will be sent out later today. It is a great day for Phoenix pride!

Best regards,
Mark Ursic
Executive Director
Renaissance Academy

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Farpoint Institute

Strategic Partnership for Community Center

Renaissance Academy, Victor Williamson and the SpaceEdventures Foundation are excited to announce their strategic partnership to create The Farpoint Institute at Renaissance Academy in Lehi, Utah. The institute will serve as a community center for the development and teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.) curriculum and educational simulations. Mr. Williamson will be the Director of the Farpoint Institute.

Mr. Williamson has been a nationally recognized educator for over 30 years. He is also the founder and creative force behind the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center in Pleasant Grove. With the help of many dedicated local volunteers, Victor and his talented Space Center staff have produced an amazing journey of educational discovery for nearly 310,000 people over the last 23 years.

Mark Ursic, Executive Director of Renaissance Academy, comments on the shared vision of these two organizations: “The motto of Renaissance Academy is: Curiosity translating into Contribution-Play, Wonder, Explore, Serve. Victor Williamson’s educational philosophy has always incorporated these elements into innovative educational programs that challenge students in ways not possible in a traditional classroom. Our school charter includes a similar mandate–to provide an experiential and cross-curricular education for our students. We do this well and our commitment to that methodology distinguishes us in the education community. Under Victor Williamson’s leadership, the Farpoint Institute will provide even greater educational opportunities for K-12 students in the area.”

Victor Williamson: “I am looking forward to working with Renaissance Academy to develop programs that inspire young people to expand their horizons and provide them the skills necessary to realize their dreams. My personal motto is: Imagine, Believe, Learn, and Do. This motto, like that of Renaissance, relies on inspiration as the fountainhead of learning. This shared philosophy sets the stage for the creation of exciting and dynamic educational opportunities that will take children to the next level of critical thinking by building confidence, working as a team and proving that education can be fun and engaging.”

First Initiative of Farpoint Institute

Farpoint’s first initiative will be a S.T.E.M.-based after school program open to Renaissance students and the community-at-large. Students in the afterschool program will have the opportunity to learn from Mr. Williamson and previous space education center volunteers in a variety of hands-on classes, including:

  • Astronomy
  • Space Exploration
  • Aviation
  • Geology
  • Nuclear Science
  • Web Development

Letter from Mark Ursic, Executive Director of RA

Dear Renaissance Academy Families:

I am very pleased to share with you an exciting new initiative we are starting at Renaissance. Most of you are familiar with the Christa McAuliffe Space Center at Central Elementary in Pleasant Grove. The founder of the Space Center program is Victor Williamson. After 23 years of operation, this amazing educational program was closed in October of last year. Recently, a greatly reduced program offering was reopened-but only for field trips for Alpine District 6th grade students.

After the closing in October, Mr. Williamson and a small group of volunteers (including Renaissance parent Heather Groom) formed the Space EdVentures Foundation to promote the educational philosophy that Mr. Williamson utilized in creating the Space Center program. We are excited to partner with them to announce the Farpoint Institute at Renaissance Academy. More information will be forthcoming. The following is an advance copy of a press release that will be sent out later today. It is a great day for Phoenix pride!

Best regards,
Mark Ursic
Executive Director
Renaissance Academy

world languages

ENROLL NOW