Innovation & Design Department
Innovation & Design is a mindset that encompasses every aspect of life at TMI. It is an approach to learning and serving, reflected in our Episcopal roots, that develops academically-prepared and empathetic leaders to their fullest potential. Both innovation and design focus on using Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design in an interdisciplinary environment to push our students to create and learn through experience and inquiry. These practices give students a framework for learning, innovating, creating, and solving current, real-world problems while being centered on empathy, service, and reverence.
Students receive an immersive introduction to innovation and design thinking through the Introduction to Innovation & Design courses and Middle School robotics. Courses are available for every grade level and the advanced Innovation & Design courses give students the opportunity to use what they’ve learned to achieve design goals that impact TMI and the surrounding communities. All courses within the department are designed to help create leaders who are learning, creating, and ideating with a human-centered perspective.
The Walker Innovation Center
Completed in October 2020, the Walker Innovation Center is an 8,000 square-foot space that includes a fab-lab maker space, idea labs, a dedicated robotics room, AR/VR lab, and a sound and broadcasting space. The Walker Innovation Center is under the direction of our director of innovation and is available to all faculty to use for stand-alone projects or to facilitate the ongoing integration of design thinking and project-based learning in an effort to instill in our students the benefits of real-world problem solving.