Innovation Lab

In the two-story Innovation Lab, "maker"-space becomes classroom space, and the result is a unique toolbox for inspiration. The iLab, as it's known, was created as a place to inspire our students and faculty to explore beyond the boundaries of disciplines such as science, music, art, and technology, and to promote innovative thinking that leads to student-led discovery at every grade level. Shore faculty incorporate the iLab into their curriculum to encourage their students with hands-on exploration and critical thinking.

Video: Inside the iLab

Innovation Lab Highlights

  • Construct a beaver lodge out of natural materials.
  • Assemble globally-inspired hats for the annual Hat Parade.
Grade 1
  • Design and build "Little Free Libraries" to be installed around our community.
Grade 3
  • Create water wheels to measure hydroelectric power generation.
Grade 4
  • Design Mayan- and Aztec-inspired itools such as a rope bridge and wood raft.
Grade 5
  • Create a maze out of wood, nails, and rubber bands, then work together to move a ball through the maze.
Grade 6
  • Design water pumps as part of study of resource scarcity.
Grade 7
  • Build joints of the human body as part of science unit.
Grade 8
  • Create wood furniture and stained glass sculptures in arts electives.
Grade 9
  • Design and play original ecosystem-focused games on custom water table.

Innovation Lab Manager, Cam McNall

"Discovery and understanding are two key elements of Innovation Lab projects. Through the manipulation of real world materials, students realize both the importance of their conceptual learning and participate in the creation of unique expressions of that learning."