Earlier this month, Grade 10 students Ryan Heaton, Sammy Hillenmeyer, and Alex Lim attended the 13th Annual Machine Learning Symposium at the New York Academy of Sciences where they met employees of Google and leaders in the field of Computer Science from Stanford University, WashU, and other institutions. They were chosen to attend and represent King at this event because their US Science Fair Project involves teaching a robot to learn and solve a maze on its own.
King's Innovation Lab provides students a place to create, discover, design, engineer, and build.
The new Innovation Lab provides Middle and Upper School students the tools, space, and guidance to inspire and nurture discovery. Through real-time critical thinking and trial-and-error activities, students learn to design solutions to real world problems. The Innovation Lab expands upon other campus hubs for discovering and creating, including the Lower School Makerspace, the Computer Science Media Center, computer labs, science labs, recording studio, scene shop, and craft room.
The Innovation Lab, which opened in Fall 2018, is flexible, with movable equipment and furniture, so students can customize their experience and challenge themselves to achieve their personal best. It is available to students to work independently and collaboratively for classwork, robotics and STEM competitions, and extra-curricular activities from any discipline.
Innovation Lab Courses
Innovation Lab courses are inherently interdisciplinary. Immersion in the Design and Innovation curriculum will prepare students to become active participants in shaping the Cultural and Economic landscape of the future.
Design Thinking I
Design Thinking II
Graphic Design Studio
The Innovation Lab encourages students to:
- 1,060 square foot space with 20 foot high ceiling s room for tall projects and flying machines.
Try new things!
- High tech tools and resources, including: robotics table, 3D printers, laser cutter, soldering and electronic diagnostic tools, power tools, hand tools, computer controlled router and engraver machine, high capacity server, and digital sewing machine
Thank you to all the donors in the King Community who shared our vision and made it possible to build the $1.4MM Innovation Lab that enables students to explore any discipline and let their imagination and creativity soar!
Last summer, Laura Bowe, History Faculty, traveled to Vienna on a Faculty Sabbatical, to explore psychology and the lives of Sigmund Freud and Viktor Frankl. Ms. Bowe's sabbatical is one of many ways in which King supports a top quality Professional Growth and Development (PG&D) program, which is a cornerstone of our success.
The student became the teacher on Wednesday night as three US students guided guests through the new Innovation Lab and provided instruction on the equipment. The event served as the grand opening of the Lab and included a ribbon cutting ceremony and donor appreciation reception for a group of faculty, students, and donors.
AP Psychology students, collaborating in design and application teams, used their ideation and problem-solving skills and leveraged the materials and space of the new Innovation Lab to model a sense organ (vision or hearing), explain the mode of transduction (process of converting one form of energy into another) for that sense, and connect that sense to various perceptual concepts and disorders.