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Design and Innovation

The Center for Excellence in Design and Innovation at LJCDS aims to inspire greatness by challenging students to identify real-world problems and design creative solutions to effect positive change for a better world. Innovation is the thread that connects technology with humans. The curriculum from kindergarten to Grade 12 focuses on learning how to use cutting-edge tools and technologies while developing an understanding of the social impacts of technology, design and business. 

Far exceeding the standard offerings of a “maker space” or “technology program,” LJCDS provides students with the advanced resources, guidance and space to become innovators by employing the design process. Our design and innovation educators possess industry experience and are committed to connecting students with real-world experts to establish relevance in the classroom. 

Upon graduation, our students:

  • Turn ideas into actions
  • Complete partnerships with professionals
  • Identify and solve problems beyond the LJCDS campus 
  • Own a portfolio of work showing applied skills
The Innovation Lab created an opportunity for me to achieve out-of-reach goals that built the foundation of my college applications and career... I learned more useful skills that set me apart in college in the Innovation Lab than in any AP class.”

Rostam Reifschneider, Class of 2017, MIT Class of 2021

Design and Innovation News

Meet Divya Chunduru ’19

Meet Mark Endo '18

Meet the Team

List of 7 members.

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    Dan Lenzen 

    Director of Design & Innovation
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    Jeremy Bank 

    Educator, MS Science and Design and Innovation Grades 5/6
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  • Photo of Andrea Flagiello

    Andrea Flagiello 

    Educator, LS Computer Science and Innovation; Team Lead, LS Specialty Educators
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  • Photo of Misha Kutzman

    Misha Kutzman 

    Educator, Computer Science and Engineering
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  • Photo of Robin Robinson

    Robin Robinson 

    Innovation Lab Supervisor
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    Robert Simon 

    Educator, MS Design and Innovation; Head Coach, Men's and Women's Golf
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  • Photo of Casey Walker

    Casey Walker 

    Educator, Design and Innovation
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