At West Nottingham Academy, students develop 21st-century skills that they will need to thrive in college and in the ever-evolving workplace. Innovation is present in all parts of our college-preparatory curriculum grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and the geographic hub of innovation on campus is our state-of-the-art 2,500-square-foot Innovation Center.
Opened in 2018, the Innovation Center provides resources for students to engage more deeply with classroom content through collaboration and project-based learning. The Innovation Center is fully equipped with professional-level digital media, 3D printers, a podcast studio, and hands-on prototyping equipment.
In the Innovation Center, students make deeper connections with the curriculum and with each other as they collaborate on class projects and extracurricular endeavors and make their ideas come to life.
Each year, students on the robotics team develop the 21st century skills of communication and teamwork and learn technical skills including engineering design and embedded systems programming through competing in the VEX Robotics Competition. Team members of all experience levels collaborate to build a robot from scratch and program it to compete in each season’s game. The team competes at the highest level in the Delmarva region and qualified for the World Championship in 2020.
Students use the equipment in the makerspace, housed in the Innovation Center, for a variety of class projects. Our equipment includes:
The Innovation Center includes a movie studio complete with lights and a green screen, a dedicated podcasting studio, and VIVE virtual reality equipment for exploring places and concepts we can’t physically visit in class. Check out our podcasts The World Won’t Wait: Conversations on Climate Change by the Student Environmental Council and Access Science by the Principles of Science and Engineering class. See some digital projects by WNA students below!
The wood shop, housed in our Innovation Center, is home to a bandsaw, drill press, compound miter saw, belt sander, and many hand tools students work with. The space is used to support a variety of course and campus projects. Check out the videos below of students demonstrating the use of the wood shop.