When it comes to touting innovative education, Seven Peaks School is willing to put its money where its mouth is.
Seven Peaks, a private K-8 school in Bend, is on a mission: encourage students to be adaptable, creative thinkers for the future, according to its principal, Megan Martin. To help reach that goal, parents have raised $100,000 for a new design innovation lab, with tools and technology for students to learn hands-on.
By the time current Seven Peaks students are graduating high school, even more of the world will be automated, Martin said, as she walked the hallways of her school last week. But what computers will never be able to replace is the creativity and problem-solving skills humans use if they’re encouraged to develop them, she said.
It’s Martin’s hope that a new design innovation lab at the school will continue to encourage that type of thinking and behavior in school. This spring, the school will begin transforming its traditional library into a design lab, complete with a 3-D laser cutter, green-screen area, soldering irons, sewing machines and more. Plans are for the lab to open in fall 2017.