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.

Innovation and Design

  • Innovation and Design Advanced

    Advanced Innovation and Design will take the core principals of Introduction to Innovation and Design (Innovation and Design I) and build upon them through project-based learning. Using the Stanford d.school philosophy of design thinking, Advanced Innovation and Design will use these principles along with technology to achieve design goals that impact TMI and the surrounding area.  
    Prerequisite: 1 semester of Innovation and Design I or Middle School Innovation and Design 
  • Innovation and Design Advanced - Fall

    Advanced Innovation and Design will take the core principals of Introduction to Innovation and Design (Innovation and Design I) and build upon them through project-based learning. Using the Stanford d.school philosophy of design thinking, Advanced Innovation and Design will use these principles along with technology to achieve design goals that impact TMI and the surrounding area.  
    Prerequisite: 1 semester of Innovation and Design I or Middle School Innovation and Design 
  • Innovation and Design Advanced - Spring

    Advanced Innovation and Design will take the core principals of Introduction to Innovation and Design (Innovation and Design I) and build upon them through project-based learning. Using the Stanford d.school philosophy of design thinking, Advanced Innovation and Design will use these principles along with technology to achieve design goals that impact TMI and the surrounding area.  
    Prerequisite: 1 semester of Innovation and Design I or Middle School Innovation and Design 
  • Introduction to Innovation and Design

    Introduction to Innovation and Design provides an overview of design thinking to help students develop a systemic approach to creative problem-solving. This highly interactive class will expand thinking and tap into student curiosity, allowing them to create, test and re-create innovative solutions to a vast array of real-world problems, ultimately sharing their creations with an authentic audience. Students will practice skills like creativity, adaptive thinking, decision making, new media literacy, and empathy. The principles of design thinking can be applied to the humanities and the sciences, and emphasize interdisciplinary connections. This project-based course is open to all students in grades 9-12. 
  • Introduction to Innovation and Design - Fall

    Introduction to Innovation and Design provides an overview of design thinking to help students develop a systemic approach to creative problem-solving. This highly interactive class will expand thinking and tap into student curiosity, allowing them to create, test and re-create innovative solutions to a vast array of real-world problems, ultimately sharing their creations with an authentic audience. Students will practice skills like creativity, adaptive thinking, decision making, new media literacy, and empathy. The principles of design thinking can be applied to the humanities and the sciences, and emphasize interdisciplinary connections. This project-based course is open to all students in grades 9-12. 
  • Introduction to Innovation and Design - MS - Fall

    Students deepen their understanding of human-centered problem-solving skills through Design Thinking. Through projects and explorations, they engage in ideating and prototyping solutions for real-world challenges that grow empathy for their users while strengthening project management skills. This interdisciplinary course incorporates elements of science, technology, engineering, arts and math, and contemporary and interdisciplinary learning.
     
  • Introduction to Innovation and Design - MS - Spring

    Students deepen their understanding of human-centered problem-solving skills through Design Thinking. Through projects and explorations, they engage in ideating and prototyping solutions for real-world challenges that grow empathy for their users while strengthening project management skills. This interdisciplinary course incorporates elements of science, technology, engineering, arts and math, and contemporary and interdisciplinary learning.
     
  • Introduction to Innovation and Design - Spring

    Introduction to Innovation and Design provides an overview of design thinking to help students develop a systemic approach to creative problem-solving. This highly interactive class will expand thinking and tap into student curiosity, allowing them to create, test and re-create innovative solutions to a vast array of real-world problems, ultimately sharing their creations with an authentic audience. Students will practice skills like creativity, adaptive thinking, decision making, new media literacy, and empathy. The principles of design thinking can be applied to the humanities and the sciences, and emphasize interdisciplinary connections. This project-based course is open to all students in grades 9-12. 
MISSION: TMI provides an exceptional education with values based on the teachings of Jesus Christ that challenge motivated students to develop their full potential in service and leadership.

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS
TMI Episcopal admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, religion, and physical ability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, religion, and physical ability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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