InnoHub Monthly Happenings – December 2020

The NCPA Innovation Hub has been a popular place to be the past couple of months! Here is a run down of what you have missed and what is coming up:

December Events

Introduction to the InnoHub with the HOD’s

On December 7th, HOD’s participated in an PD session in the InnoHub where they explored the design cycle, learned how our students can benefit from the makerspace, and discussed ways they could incorporate the InnoHub in their curriculum.

The InnoHub is a space for students to create, experiment, and learn through hands-on activities.

You can schedule your class in the space to maximize different learning styles, or send students to work on projects.

 

Flying Pigs

Rachel Dragos’ AP Physics classes did experiments with flying pigs on strings in the InnoHub!Students in groups determined how long it took for a plastic pig, replete with flapping wings, to fly around one cycle of the pigs “flight” path by observing and measuring the period, but can only use a meter stick.

Students used trigonometry, components of forces and equations to arrive at their calculations.

 

Turkey Bowl, Alumni Panel, and Cookie Exchange

The InnoHub is also a great space to host an event!  It offers flexible seating, a large screen and projector, plenty of outlets, and a beautiful view of the field and temple.

Coming in January

We are excited to host a staff InnoHub Open House on Friday, January 8th from 3:30-4:30PM+.  We will have a variety of stations for you to explore the “maker” in you while socializing and enjoying some tasty treats and beverages.  Specific activities will be shared in January.

Please RSVP HERE by December 22 so we can prepare enough materials and food for this event.

Finally Friday: Department Office Design Sprint

Our first Finally Friday on 11/23 was great launch to what will be an ongoing series of short (45 minutes or less) design PDs at the Inno-Hub.

Participants learned about a variety of protocols you can use in your classes to spark design ideas and find problems to solve, and then chose one to help them think about ways to redesign departmental offices, which is a real thing that’s going to happen this year or early next.

The architect/interior designer and facilities manager in charge of the project participated as well! After brainstorming through one of the protocols, they posted their ideas to a shared padlet to be considered as design elements for the formal office redesign proposal.