At Cascades Academy, we engage students in opportunities that challenge them to think creatively and critically while equipping them with the necessary tools for the diverse and changing world we live in. In our three IDEA Labs (Innovation, Design, Engineering, Art), students are encouraged to create, change their minds, fail, and recreate, learning not only tangible skills, but also the resiliency to iterate and adapt. Students have the opportunity to work in areas such as 3D design and modeling, drones, programming, robotics, and woodworking. Students flex their critical thinking muscles as they come up with concepts, test them out, and rework ideas until they succeed. Through coaching and mentoring, students are able to innovate, take risks, and learn from their mistakes in a collaborative, supportive environment.
Some examples of recent projects have included:
- Kindergarten and 1st grade students collaborated with their middle school buddies to build solar ovens for their pizza-themed Storyline.
- 4th and 5th grade students competed on First LEGO League Robotics teams with other regional teams.
- 7th grade student learned electrical engineering and soldering skills through the creation of a light box using a laser cutter. They designed and built electrical circuits to make their box illuminate their names.