List of 7 members.

  • Matthew Abbondanzio 

    Assistant Head of School for Design and Innovation
    (858) 453-3440 x384
  • Jeremy Bank 

    Grade 6 Science Teacher and Middle School Design and Innovation Teacher
    (858) 453-3440 x389
  • Darren Cameron 

    Senior Computer Science Lead
    858-453-3440 x252
  • Andrea Flagiello 

    Lower School Computer Science and Innovation Teacher
    858-453-3440 x325
  • Dan Lenzen 

    Innovation Designer
    (858) 453-3440 x352
  • Todd Mitchell 

    Middle School Technology Teacher, Rock Climbing Club Coach
    (858) 453-3440 x154
  • Tomas Robinson 

    Innovation Lab Supervisor
    858-453-3440 x356

Design and Innovation

La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS)’s Innovation Lab aims to inspire greatness by challenging students to identify real-world problems and design innovative solutions to affect positive change for a better world. We believe that innovation is the thread that connects technology with the human component. 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, solutions and design. 

Our brand new collaborative space (opened fall 2015) is equipped with sticky notes, hammers, screwdrivers, drills, 3D printers, a laser cutter (built from scratch by Upper School students), microcontrollers, Wacom tablets and more. Divided into two sections for “clean” and “dirty" work, the flexible space includes mobile work stations, over 4,000 square feet of writable wall and a 150 square-foot projection surface. From engineer and design to ethnographic research and user testing, students will prepare themselves for future success by innovating for people.
Our collaborative space allows students to think together, work as a team and innovate far beyond what one individual can do on his or her own. —Matthew Abbondanzio, director of design and innovation