Open Window School is home to two state-of-the-art Innovation & Technology Labs (ITLs) - unique multi-functional spaces where students come together to create, invent, tinker, and explore. The ITLs are hubs of student-driven innovation and provide students access to real-world tools and materials, including laser cutters, 3-D printers, electronics, hand tools, sewing machines, robotics, green screens, and more. Both ITLs are home to weekly technology classes, as well as authentic interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with homeroom and content-area teachers.
The goals of our Innovation & Technology program are to produce students who are:
- Empowered Learners who strive to deepen their understanding, successfully self-direct their learning, effectively select and troubleshoot current technologies, and are able to act as mentors within our learning community.
- Innovative Designers who exhibit tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance, demonstrate ability to work with open ended projects, and stretch themselves to try new things.
- Computational Thinkers who effectively apply the Engineering Design Process and are able to use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to test problems and create solutions.
- Effective Collaborators who communicate their ideas clearly and effectively, provide and receive constructive feedback, and fulfill responsibilities to teammates in collaborative work.