Popkin Innovation Lab
Our Popkin Innovation Lab is a distinctive maker space that includes a Design & Learning Studio, as well as a Machines Room with real world tools such as 3D printers, woodworking tools, and a laser cutter. In this space, students are encouraged to demonstrate Playfulness, Openness, and Perseverance known as “POP" as they learn to fear less and invent more. First- through Eighth- Grade students are empowered to problem solve and take risks through skill-based projects and rapid prototyping challenges that are carefully crafted by our Design faculty to promote and enhance our students' knowledge of design thinking, creative thinking, and computational thinking. As these critical thinking skills develop through our Design course, so do other essential 21st century skills such as communication and collaboration, as students work in teams to create solutions, reflect, and iterate. Our faculty are encouraged to promote interdisciplinary learning using the tools provided in our "POP" Lab, which has resulted in deeper and more engaging learning opportunities in both General and Judaic Studies classes. Highlights include 3-D printed animal cells, Science Fair projects with robotic components, and even a Mishkan built to scale! Our goal in Design is to expose students to computer science and creative thinking, while supporting their curiosity and growth to develop their interests and potential passions.