Innovation Lab Austin High School's ilab

What is the ilab? The ilab is for student and teacher use. It aims to provide a space for creative and deeper learning. In the lab users have access to many different types of resources and Ms. Salazar serves as a facilitator to help your projects come to life. We have knowledge and access to many digital tools as well as maker tools. Everyone is welcome!

How can I use the ilab? Any highly motivated student in good standing with their classroom teacher can participate. Participation is optional, but can help students reach post secondary goals and receive help for class projects. One ilab goal for highly motivated students is to create a space for an independent research project focused around the students' individual interest. Another goal is to help students produce quality work within their academies or upper division courses.

  • Research (passion project/independent study project) Great for college!
  • Resources (field experts and tools)
  • Advanced academic enrichment (PSAT, AP, & SAT study prep)
  • Genius hour activities
  • Bloxmob (Build your own apps)
  • Quiet place to work
  • Small group projects
  • Guest speakers

iLab tools

  • Digital tools: Green screen, Yeti podcast mic, video camera, iPad, laptops, microphones, mac desktop with the Adobe Suite.
  • Laminator, glue, scissors, tape, paint, paintbrushes, hot glue guns, construction paper, etc.
  • Cricut Air Explore: The simplest explanation is that the Cricut Explore is an electronic cutting machine that looks sort of like a printer. But instead of printing your designs on paper, it uses a very precise blade and a series of rollers to cut out pretty much anything you can imagine. Cut paper, vellum, card stock, fabric, vinyl, stickers, leather, and photographs
  • Sewing Machine: Work with textiles and up-cycle materials.
  • 3D Doodlers (access to 3D printer): A 3D Pen is quite similar to a hot glue gun. Instead of glue, 3D Pens use plastic cartridges, better to call them 3D printing filaments. ABS filament (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) and PLA filament (PolyLactic Acid) are the two most common filament types used by a variety of 3D Pens. DRAW IN THE AIR!
  • Circuit Exploration: Arduinos are an open-source electronics platform or board and the software used to program it. Arduino is designed to make electronics more accessible to artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
  • Outdoor build space: battery operated tools include a power drill, hammer drill, circular saw, jigsaw, and sander. Hand tools include wrenches, handsaw, hacksaw, hammer, box cutters, staple gun, screwdrivers, and work benches.

Will teachers let me come? It is up to your teacher if they allow you to come to the ilab. Ask politely. Students signs in when they arrive and sign out to return to class before the bell rings. If the ilab is closed students are to return to class.

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