InnoHub October/November Happenings

Integrated Science 9
IS9 teachers Rebecca Pettit, Adam Nollsch, and Tim Birkett have made great use of the InnoHub resources and workspace over the past two months! Students worked on planning for and designing prototypes of cars by applying their knowledge of Newton’s Laws of Motion, air resistance, friction, and velocity. They then built the cars and reengineered them after testing for acceleration and distance as part of their physics summative. Students used the data to complete graphs and analyze their design choices.
More recently, they returned to build solar ovens to test out their ability to heat a marshmallow using insulation and reflection. Students then described the movement of thermal energy through the system they designed and applied knowledge of convection, conduction, and radiation in their explanations.
Grade 9 Advisory
This year the grade 9 students have been pairing up to undertake a design challenge in the InnoHub during advisory. In 20 minutes students design and build a tower. Mr. Wambeke asks them to imagine that they are architects tasked with building the tallest skyscraper in the city where the company’s logo, represented by a tennis ball, should be visible to anyone in the city. They move quickly through the design process, brainstorming and prototyping their towers with popsicle sticks. After the challenge, students are given time to reflect on and discuss their designs. This pilot program gives the students (and advisors) a way to connect with career and academic standards in a fun, creative, and innovative way. At the same time, students learn where the InnoHub is and what it is used for. Yay for collaboration!
Are you interested in using the space for an upcoming project or lesson?  Contact Jordan Wambeke or Lisa Hughes to learn more.

InnoHub Feb/March Happenings

The InnoHub was as busy as ever last month.  We hit the ground running immediately after Chinese New Year with Liza, Rachel, and Adam’s chemistry classes.  They designed a theoretical molecule that doesn’t currently exist and used recycled materials to build a 3D model of their molecules.  The students finished the project by presenting their molecules to staff and fellow students.

Middle School

Elizabeth and Ann’s STEM 7 class visited the InnoHub to examine a dissected laptop and compare the contents to the parts of a cell.  The students then dissected some small wind-up toys and drew their own comparison diagrams.



Fernanda brought her 8th grade art class to the InnoHub to carve linocut printing blocks and film video tutorials of their process. The videos are on their class Seesaw account and they are awesome!  Here are a couple for your viewing pleasure.


There’s More!

Through most of the month Katrina and her drama crew have been in and out in the afternoons and evenings painting and building set pieces for the upcoming Spring musical, Ranked.
Jordan and Lisa brought their Advisory classes to the InnoHub to have their students create personal logos and turn them into MacBook decals on our new vinyl cutter.  If you would like to learn more about the vinyl cutter, we will introduce this tool at our next #InnoPubPD on May 7th.
Greg brought his AP Human Geography class back to the InnoHub for a third time, this time to create 3D models illustrating different urban planning systems from around the world.


Did you know that the first-ever NCPA Wood Shop Club finished its inaugural trimester?  It was so popular with students we had to add a second section in T3 to meet the demand!  The InnoHub is utilized for ASA’s every day.


And to cap off the month, Jordan and Lisa organized two staff PD’s.  The first was an introduction to Design Thinking, with special guest Yosef, and the second was a crash course in basic woodshop safety and techniques.


As always, thank you to all the teachers who visited and utilized the InnoHub and we look forward to another month packed with new classes and activities!  Don’t forget to contact Jordan Wambeke if you want to schedule time for your class in the InnoHub or want some help integrating the InnoHub into your curriculum!