Innovation Lab

Dear Oakwood Community,

I am so excited to introduce the Oakwood Innovation Lab and curriculum that allows students in grades 6 to 12 to explore STEAM and media arts through applied technology and project-based learning. It is a fully integrated environment that supports hands-on, personalized learning - individualized, differentiated, and relevant to each student's interests and experiences. We offer introductory classes for grades 6 and 7 and full year classes in STEAM 1 to 4 for grades 8 to 12. The Oakwood Innovation Lab is located in Clark Hall Upper School. 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! #STEAMingAlong

Go Eagles!

Chris Young, Innovation Lab Facilitator

Jennifer Smith, Upper School Coordinator

Dan Quesnel, Head of School


Chris Young is our Oakwood Innovation Lab Facilitator since 2020. Chris received dual BS degrees in Information Systems & Operations Management and Political Science from UNC Greensboro and an MBA from ECU. He comes to Oakwood from PCS as a Computer Science Teacher for the past 12 years with experience teaching coding; computer science discoveries and fundamentals; keyboarding; computer skills and applications; computer skills education; Go Grow – Technology; exploring business, marketing, and entrepreneurship; exploring career decisions; AIG (academically or intellectually gifted); and core connection. Chris has his NC license to teach grades 6-12. Chris is also Microsoft Office User Specialist Certified and proficient in HTML, Visual Basic, ASP, PL/SQL, SQL, SAS, JavaScript, and Python. You can find Chris and the Oakwood Innovation Lab in Clark Hall Upper School.


Thank You!

We would like to acknowledge the generosity of the following supporters for helping launch the Oakwood Innovation Lab, one of the state's few grades 6 to 12 personalized, project-based learning experiences and environments that increase a student’s capacity through engaged, active, and social problem-solving. #STEAMingAlong #SmartLab

  • Donors: Artie & Patricia Rawls, Max Joyner Sr., Jim & Anne Whitehurst, and Tim Clark & Linda Kuhn
  • Interior Design: Hite Associates
  • Lab and Curriculum: Creative Learning Systems


Innovation Lab Mashup