The tools in our Innovation Lab combined with the guidance of our Director of Innovation, empower students to create visionary projects and engage in a whole new level of hands-on learning. Donated resources provided by the Edwin L. Wiegand Trust in 2018 kickstarted the space. Sage Ridge School now provides students with access to a green screen video studio, podcasting equipment, drones, infrared cameras, high-end laptops, Virtual Reality goggles, Adobe Creative Cloud, 3D printers, and a large format poster printer.
Sage Ridge students Ben Browder and Sydney Chang used innovation, science, history, and English to demonstrate “The Effect of Salinity on Degradation of Ocean Pollutants”. They created their ocean pollution report by making a large poster and a 3D map for their presentation.
Sage Ridge Director of Innovation, David Kuehn, says the students are not the only lucky ones—he too is privileged to be learning more about what these great tools can do, and supports increased technology integration campus-wide.
Having the opportunity to use technology beyond what is used in the normal classroom setting allowed me to complete creative projects through a medium that I haven’t used in the classroom setting before. When the word ‘project’ comes up in class, most students think of drawings or posters covered with text and pictures. ‘Green Screen’ is not something the average student thinks of using to complete an assignment. The Innovation Lab provided the supplies to create something interesting and creative that isn’t normally in the range of mediums for a project.
Ben Browder (‘24)