The Innovation Lab is Fay’s 3,000 square-foot lab space dedicated to programming, designing, building, and tinkering. This is where our students learn about the world of invention, design, and creative problem solving. We believe that essential learning goes beyond books and theoretical “what ifs”—and we know that when students design, build, iterate, and revise their creations, they build a real-world understanding of engineering and design principles. Along the way, they learn important life lessons about creativity, grit, failure, and success.
Students in the Innovation Lab learn about design as a process: identifying a problem and the target market, generating design specs, building and testing prototypes, and ultimately creating a finished product that is useful, functional, beautiful, and sustainable. Over the course of their time at Fay, students create projects that incorporate a range of media and materials, including circuitry, robotics, wood, paper, and textiles.
You never know what you’ll find when you stop by the Innovation Lab for a visit. You might see second graders designing a car to stop at the end of a bench using weights and a ball of string, or a group of ninth graders building electronic circuits or programming arduino boards to control robot arms. The goal is to get students thinking like designers and tinkering with a purpose.