GHS Innovation Lab

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GHS Innovation Lab students showcase their culminating projects to the greater Greenwich community at the Bruce Museum and other locations. The above picture is a collage of images from past exhibitions. InLab students also have an opportunity to showcase their talents through documentaries, at the National History Day competition and at the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. Learn more about the students’ work through the GHS Inlab website, newsletters and follow them on Twitter @GHSInLab.

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Innovation Lab is an interdisciplinary school within-in-a-school at Greenwich High School, leveraging innovative teaching methods, project-based learning and leading edge technology applications.  Innovation Lab is designed to foster creativity, curiosity and personalized learning within an academically rigorous college preparatory curriculum. The dedicated Innovation teachers blend core disciplines to create STEM (Science/ Technology/Math) and Humanities (Arts, English, Social Studies) classes plus Design Studio (teaches skills needed to execute independent projects).  With guidance, students discover their passions and impact the community at large. 

The Alliance played an instrumental role in the establishment of Innovation Lab. Utilizing funds from an initial Alliance grant awarded for the 2014-2015 school year, a group of five teachers worked together with a consulting team from Greenwich Leadership Partners to research, design and implement Innovation Lab which opened in Fall 2015 with 43 sophomores. Subsequent Alliance grants were used to expand the curriculum across all four grades of Greenwich High School and for ongoing support for materials, projects and continued professional development. 

One Student’s Experience

Reflections from a GHS 2020 graduate  – the significant influence Innovation Lab had on her high school experience, discovering her passions and preparing her for life in an ever-changing world.

WHAT INNOVATION LAB MEANS TO ME

“I was extremely fortunate to be able to find my home in Innovation Lab. The program emphasizes learning the skills needed to succeed in a rapidly evolving global and technological economy…. Learning is achieved through projects that engage with the community or solve a problem. Within the projects, I could tap into diverse passions.

As a student, I was able to be a research scientist, an activist, a historian, a paralegal and a documentarian. My passion is environmental action. I stayed at school until 7 pm for weeks to measure plant height for research on eutrophication in STEM class, while creating a documentary about water conservation inspired by rhetorical tactics used by 1920s Muckrakers. The documentary led to a public action campaign on water usage with a local Girl Scout troop and culminated in me engineering a solution, an Arduino-based water sensor which measured water soil levels and could activate a sprinkler system I used in my backyard….

The program inspired me to be a leader and create change in my community, write for the local newspaper, lead a club on an issue I was passionate about, do original research, speak to the freshman class in an an assembly, work for a tech start-up and make an advertisement with 1 millions views (and counting), compete nationally in a history competition and win national writing awards…

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of being given a space to try anything and everything with your learning. It instills in you a sense of place and control in the greater world. It is one thing to understand how the world works; it is an entirely different thing to feel you have the power to shape it. I think, above all, that is what InLab did for me.”

Gracie McCooe

GHS Innovation Lab, Class of 2020; Wellesley College, Class of 2024

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