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InnoLab- Build What You Dream

Oak Farm Montessori High School’s Innolab adds a hands-on component to the overall curriculum. The Innolab is a “makerspace,” part of the international movement to integrate technology, hands-on learning, invention, creativity, and design in a community workshop setting. Today the “Makerspace Movement” expands beyond initial community-center-like spaces to educational settings around the world. Makerspaces are characterized by readily accessible tools that allow for creative and collaborative work, in addition to promoting communication and critical thinking. These tools range from hand tools like hammers, saws, and drills, to more tech based tools like 3D printers and computers. Makerspaces are also directly related to prompting and encourage interest in STEAM oriented learning. The Innolab makerspace includes two Lulzbot 3D printers, a CO2 laser cutter and engraver, a Roland SG-300 large-format printer and vinyl plotter, three dedicated design computers running the Adobe Creative Suite for photo manipulation and media production, a vacuum former for prototyping, materials and tools for light electrical work and light wood work and cameras and sound equipment for media production.