On October 20, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to formally introduce an Innovation Lab for Lower School students, an exciting new space created to enhance learning in the realm of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Lab is an extension of similar spaces — such as the Middle School’s Makerspace and Upper School’s Robotics room — and continues to tie together curriculum designed under the Innovation Department with age-appropriate classes, activities, equipment, and materials. “The Innovation Lab provides a space that invites curiosity and creativity in all our Lower Schoolers. They can learn to use new tools, create new projects, and develop a sense of independence as they design, test, and iterate in a safe and supportive space,” said Innovation Department Chair Joey Starnes. “The Innovation Lab serves as a springboard for our Middle and Upper School programs by inviting all students to tinker, make, design, and build!”
The lab has been in use since the first week of classes in this 2017-18 academic year; the ribbon-cutting ceremony was a way for students who use the space to be involved in the celebration, as well as a symbol of appreciation to the many generous Flint Hill Annual Fund contributors who support educational advancements like this one.