Innovative Studies and Technology


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  • Where students can pursue their own creative ideas through science, technology, engineering, and math.

At Heritage Hall, we believe the possibilities are endless when technology is integrated into the classroom and learning process. Technology enhances curriculum across disciplines and grade levels by creating a more engaging learning environment, facilitating project-based and collaborative learning, and incorporating different learning styles. Most importantly, it provides students with technical knowledge and skills that will benefit them throughout their educational journeys and life.

1:1 Program

The Heritage Hall 1:1 program is a component of our integrated educational environment that empowers students to learn anytime and anywhere. Each student in grades 1-12 receives a school-issued device preloaded with various online tools that have been carefully vetted by the School. Students are expected to adhere to the School’s digital citizenship and content policies in the Parent-Student Handbook.

Supplying a device to students offers various learning benefits:  providing access to supplemental education resources; developing relevant, computer-based skills; and reinforcing personal responsibility. Heritage Hall students are positioned for successful, discerning use of evolving technologies.

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STEM Education at Heritage Hall

STEM learning is the intentional collaboration of science, technology, engineering, and math, typically mixing at least two of these subjects in a single, cohesive unit through real-world applications. STEAM is a progression of STEM that includes Aesthetics and Design, a critical part of the innovative process. 

At Heritage Hall, our goal is to produce innovators. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math promote higher-order cognitive skills such as critical thinking, analysis, evaluation, collaboration, trial and error, cause and effect, problem-solving. Aesthetics and Design act as a catalyst for innovation, amplifying creativity and aesthetics.

Seeking to enrich core units of study, faculty across divisions connect their students with the Spark Lab. For example, in the Lower School, preschoolers engage with K'Nex simple machines, then create their own using building materials of their choosing. Third graders study the design and construction of NASA's Mars Rover before following Stanford University's design thinking process to construct their own.

SPARK Innovation Lab

The Spark Innovation Lab is a flexible MakerSpace open to students in grades preschool-12 where the following is realized:
  • Innovative thinking is cultivated through experimentation, design, and the fabrication of students' original ideas and interests
  • Students' passions and curiosities are ignited while developing authentic problem-solving and creative thinking skills 
  • Students can explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Aesthetics, Math)-related subjects through authentic, hands-on activities
Using the lab is one way faculty across divisions and subject areas can broaden the scope of their curriculum and bring their subject matter to life through visual, real-life application.  

During its downtime, during advisory, and after school, the lab also serves as a space where students can use abundant materials and equipment to pursue their own creative interests and ideas.

Meet the Team

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    Ami Steelman 

    Innovative Studies & Technology Department Chair, Director of Academic Technology and Innovation
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    Luke Steelman 93

    Director of Sports Media, ChargerVision
  • Photo of Alexandra Shadid

    Alexandra Shadid 

    MS Technology
  • Photo of Carrie Gary

    Carrie Gary 

    LS Technology
  • Photo of Jeff Gibson

    Jeff Gibson 

    Director of Technology
  • Photo of Todd O'Neal

    Todd O'Neal 

    Assistant Director of Technology
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