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The Innovation Lab is the Makerspace at Notre Dame Academy Elementary.

A makerspace is a non-traditional classroom designed for the exploration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (S.T.E.A.M.) learning through a project-based curriculum.

In the Innovation Lab students learn and develop 21st-century skills through the process of designing and making.

Students are given design challenges that they must solve in small teams.

The lab is equipped with traditional tools and state of the art technology such as 3D printers and Arduino based circuitry kits.  

Check out some recent projects!

Mr. Guardado is the Director of Innovation at NDA elementary. He received his BA in Art and Design from the California State University of Northridge, and is currently in the progress of completing an MBA from his alma mater.
He is the Founder of NDA’s makerspace, the Innovation Lab and is working to bring more innovation initiatives to the community.
Before coming to the NDA he spent 10 years designing, implementing, and managing educational initiatives and programs for museums including; J. Paul Getty, Norton Simon, and LACMA. When not tinkering he is usually spending time with his wife and two children.