Innovation is thoughtfully integrated into Lake Highland’s Middle School curriculum in core courses and as elective courses in our Innovation Institute. Within core coursework, students leverage technology to take an active role in their learning, curating and constructing knowledge from a variety of resources. Our Innovation Institute curriculum provides unique opportunities for students to experience their ideas coming to life through the design of apps, use of 3-D printer renderings for projects, coding robots, and fabricating life-size designs in build-spaces.
Living and learning in this interconnected world come with great responsibility. LHP’s Digital Literacy classes prepare students with skills for using technology in ways that are ethical, safe, and wise. Our focus throughout this course is to help Highlanders build healthy digital habits and cyber awareness.
Students create apps for mobile devices, explore the impact of computing in society, and learn how computing applies in various career fields. The primary tool used in this class is MIT App Inventor which will allow students to design, develop, and test apps for Android tablets.
Through hands-on learning, students use VEX robotics kits to engage their natural curiosity while simultaneously developing a better grasp of the engineering process and how it can be applied in computer science, robotics, and the real world.
Through varying design challenges, students identify a problem, brainstorm possible solutions, choose or synthesize a solution, build a prototype, test and evaluate it, and finally present the prototype to a panel. The projects vary from creating a foot/ankle orthosis for a child with cerebral palsy to 3D printing a puzzle to stop motion animation.
Students learn and apply the fundamentals of electricity and circuit design as they design and build original products that light up or move. After studying mechanical and electrical concepts, students construct and program autonomous robots using the LEGO Mindstorms program, creating and programming for a variety of tasks, from autonomous cleaning robots to sumo-inspired battlebots.