Our Oakwood Innovation Labs and curriculum allow students in grades K to 12 to explore STEAM and media arts through applied technology and project-based learning. They are fully integrated environments that support hands-on, personalized learning - individualized, differentiated, and relevant to each student's interests and experiences. Students in the lab engage in project-based learning activities covering topics including robotics, coding, circuitry, sustainability, and much, much more. These projects will allow students to master next generation skills like critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration.
The Upper School Oakwood Innovation Lab is located in Clark Hall Upper School. The Lower and Middle School Innovation Lab is located in Agnes Q. Monk Hall. Keep up with our students and their work on our own Facebook page and website. I also welcome visitors to see the lab and learn about all the amazing work our students are doing!
Meet the Facilitators
Patsy Johnson is the facilitator for our new Lower and Middle School Oakwood Innovation Lab! Patsy received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from the University of North Florida and is currently finishing her Masters degree in Adult Education/Leadership from Kansas State University. Before moving to Greenville, she was the STEAM coordinator for Manhattan Catholic Schools in Kansas, working with students in grades pre-k through 8. While there, the middle school robotics team won the prestigious Vernier Engineering award for their self-watering rain barrel. She also created STEAM-based hands-on exhibits for a local Children’s Museum. In addition, she was the Education and Programs director for a Kansas history museum, where she created STEAM-based curriculum and activities with a history twist for the local school system. She loves to combine STEAM with repurposing and reusing everyday items. She is excited for Oakwood students and families to experience this fantastic new lab.
We would like to acknowledge the generosity of the following supporters for helping launch both of our Oakwood Innovation Labs, one of the state's few grades 2 to 12 personalized, project-based learning experiences and environments that increase a student’s capacity through engaged, active, and social problem-solving.
- Upper School Innovation Lab Donors: Artie & Patricia Rawls, Max Joyner Sr., Jim & Anne Whitehurst, and Tim Clark & Linda Kuhn
- Lower and Middle School Innovation Lab Donors: Jeff & Shannon Longshore, Robbie & Kristel McLawhorn, Russell & Anna Norris, Jeffrey Potter & Anna Imhoff, and Jim & Rachel Speicher
- Interior Design: Hite Associates
- Lab and Curriculum: Creative Learning Systems