Kettering Invention Lab and Engineering Academies
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Kettering Invention Lab
Unique to HB is the Invention Lab program and facility. Every student from Early Childhood through Middle School engages in a project or course each year that helps foster engineering thinking skills. The lab helps them put the “tools in the toolbox” of cognitive skill development by providing hand and power machinery to mold wood, plastics, metals, electricity and more into the products that our brainstorming engineers imagine.
The very youngest students engage large- and fine-motor skills to complete simple construction projects. Older students work with three-dimensional design employing the higher-order thinking skills of identifying problems, developing plans, testing hypotheses, evaluating results, and implementing solutions.
Middle School Engineering Academies
The Engineering Academy uses a different theme each semester to explore engineering concepts, identify problems, develop solutions, and implement them with inventions. Past themes have included Buoyancy – inventing watercraft to hold two to four students afloat in HB’s own Aquatic Center – and Fluid Dynamics – exploring kite designs that can lift students. In 2011 we added a FIRST LEGO League Academy for 7th and 8th graders due to the huge popularity and success of the 5th and 6thgrade LEGO teams.