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Sparking Creativity in the CDS Innovation Lab

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Anya and Fiona creating circuit cards.
Anya and Fiona creating circuit cards.

The Innovation Lab in our new middle school building at 601 Dolores is such an incredible place. When we imagined what the lab would be, this was our vision:

The Innovation Lab is a space that …

• Provides students with opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning and tinkering
• Models for students the connections between the interdisciplinary subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
• Fully engages students in a collaborative and creative workspace
• Challenges our students to constantly ask themselves “How can I improve on this?” and “Where do I go next?”
• Features software tools for 2D and 3D modeling
• Is a place to brainstorm, design, prototype, test and redesign using digital fabrication tools
• Integrates hands-on projects within the core subjects
• Best prepares our students for what’s next in the rapidly growing 21st century landscape

And how did we implement that vision? The lab offers 3-D printers, a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, and the additional tools and materials to offer our students a rich learning environment. Jeri Countryman, our ILab Director, is an experienced ILab teacher who engages the students, helps them extend their thinking and offers expert advice.

By engaging the cutting edge of technological innovation in the fields of design and engineering, students integrate the wide range of skills acquired from subjects across the curriculum. The ILab is a place where students marshal both their creativity as well as their analytical abilities on projects that produce real world results. If CDS students can imagine it, the ILab is the place where they can—with the help of the latest technological innovations—make it real.

 

 

Jonah and Cash working on a physical computing project.
Jonah and Cash working on a physical computing project.
A parklet design and model.
A parklet design and model.
Designing and creating buttons with the 3D printer.
Designing and creating buttons with the 3D printer.