Our innovation series is focused on the skillset within our STEAM Labs, moving students through a continuum of technology based skills that inspires comfort, confidence, and creativity with technology.
In 2016, Aspen Academy’s middle school STEAM Lab was renovated to feature 12 new stations that teach students in the fields of alternative and renewable energy, circuitry, computer graphics, digital communication, mechanics and structures, robotics and control technology, scientific data and analysis, and software engineering. In addition to explorations in these fields, middle school Innovation students will participate in engineering design challenges throughout the year. These challenges require students to think critically and collaborate in order to solve a real-world problem. Some examples of these include spaghetti bridge building, balloon powered race cars and catapult construction. The middle school STEAM Lab is also a place for students to use technology in order to complete projects integrated into their core classes. 60 computers provide plenty of space for students to create, design and innovate. For example, students in 6th grade science class enjoy using the STEAM Lab to design and print 3D fins for their rocket launch project as they explore physics. Other students may use Photoshop or other design applications to design book covers or infographics to showcase their writing.