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Event & Project Highlights

In addtion to our enrichment programs in applied computer science, TL Innovation Lab students participate in a variety of school and community events to foster engagement and build community around computer science and all things tech. As you may know only a few years ago, our high school did not offer any computer science courses in the cirriculum. Through our advocacy and getting our name out into the community, we helped to champion the importance of applied computer science to better prepare our students for college and career. 

Also, TL Innovation Lab's mission is to provide computer science for all students and we are working very hard to help bridge the gap in gender and diversity at one of the most diverse high schools in Marin County. Many of our events feature some of the top leaders in the tech industry to empower and inspire all of our students at TL to explore the opportunities in the tech industry; and especially our female and students of color.

TL Innovation Lab programs provide our students  a greater depth in inquiry learning, collaborative learning, and project-based learning which have long-term positive effects on student achievement and success for college and career. We are a student and volunteer driven erichment program  that provides opportunities in applied computer science for all students while  helping to bridge the gap in gender and diversity in tech at one of the most diverse high schools in Marin County! See how much fun we have doing it!


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Industry Insights: Inspiring, Encouraging & Empowering

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Our Industry Insights lunchtime lectures feature leaders from the tech industry who empower and inspire our students by sharing their academic and professional experiences.  Industry Insights has explored a broad range of careers in tech from cyber risk management to space exploration and more. Many of our special guest speakers offer their encouragement and mentorship beyond their lecture. We are proud to share that we have also hosted some of the top women leaders in tech who become role models for our female students who are newly exposed to applied computer science.  Industry Insights draws a diverse range of students  and faculty to our events and they are free and open to the public. Above  is an archived calendar of some of our past events!

 Thanks for the Shout Out   Lisa Seacat Deluca  , IBM's Master Inventor & MIT's Top Innovator Under 35!

Thanks for the Shout Out Lisa Seacat Deluca, IBM's Master Inventor & MIT's Top Innovator Under 35!


Highlights Computer Science Education Week 2018 at TL!

National Computer Science Education Week was a tremendous success with students crowding into classrooms each day to see demos of student apps and to also learn more about class offering in computer science at TL. Record numbers of students attended each event, especially our 4th Annual Hour of Code, a hands-on event where students try an introduction tutorial to see how easy coding can be.

 TL Innovation Lab and TL Computer Science hosted 5 lunchtime events total to celebrate Computer Science Education Week an annual celebration dedicated to inspiring our students to take interest in computer science. Code.org organizes CSEdWeek as a grassroots campaign supported by 350 partners and 100,000 educators worldwide to introduce Computer Science to students K - 12. Here's a complete schedule for National Computer Science Ed Week at TL.

A highlight of the week was the TL Innovation Lab's Industry Insights Keynote Address by Joan Vandermate, Director of Marketing, Logitech Collaboration Group, who said that having an understanding of basic concepts in computer science is essential to know if you plan a career in tech. Thanks to @Joan Vandermate for a wonderful talk, and also Logitech for their generosity to our students donating a new video collaboration system and providing a swag giveaway of 40- MX ANYWHERE 2S Wireless Mobile Mouse!

Our hats off to our hosts for such a great week of learning and coding: TL Innovation Lab and TL's Computer Science and GAME Teachers: Mr. Gustin, Mr. Agnew, Ms. Bernheim, and Ms. Cummings. 

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Spring TL Maker Faire TLInnovation Lab Showcase 2018

Three days of maker fun for our AMAZING students at TL Innovation Lab & Too Lazy Games! Congratulations on showcasing student projects, sharing with industry & college admissions professionals, and celebrating the passion of making really cool stuff at the Maker Faire Bay Area 2018 — 13th Annual! Thanks to all of our wonderful mentors Roger Ruttiman, TL Maker Lab Guest Mentor and Mark James, Mentor Too Lazy Games and incredible parent volunteers for chaperoning this wonderful experience for our students!!  Check out more details on our TL Marker Projects for TL Maker Lab and  Too Lazy Games, TL's first video game development studio.


 Making A Video Game with Mentors from 2K!

2K Next Level Foundation is proud to sponsor in partnership with TL  Innovation Lab, Terra Linda High School Leadership,  and SRCS, a unique opportunity for 15 -20 TL students to join the new TL Video Game Development Studio called Too Lazy Games. Students are working as a team to create their own game while working with talented professionals from 2K  -- best known for  today’s popular titles Bioshock, Borderlands, Mafia II, Civilization, and more. 2K develops and publishes interactive entertainment globally for console systems, handheld gaming systems and personal computers, smartphones and tablets as well as online platforms and cloud streaming services. 2K publishes titles in today’s popular gaming genres including shooters, action, role-playing, strategy, sports, casual, and family entertainment.

TL Students are creating a real video game from inception, to prototyping, production, testing, and release. Mark James, Vice President of Technology, is the Lead Mentor along with other talented colleagues from 2K. The capstone project will be a culmination of all knowledge and skills obtained in the course. Students are learning  principles of game design, level design, story, game theory, basic computer programming, project management, idea creation, 3D modeling and/or animation. Too Lazy Games will showcase the video game developed in this program to the public at one of the Bay Area’s industry events or the Bay Area Maker Faire in 2018.

Too Lazy Games is an afterschool enrichment program developed by TL Innovation Lab's Video Game Development Studio with mentors from 2K.  Students  and sponsorship from TL and SRCS Leadership.

TL Video Game Development Studio meets on Mondays from 3pm - 4:30pm in the Engineering Tech Lab


 National Computer Science Week & Hour of Code 2017!

Building Community Around Gender & Diversity in Tech

TL Innovation Lab students attended Mill Valley Film Festival Premiere screening of <<She Started It>> with Director Nora Poggi following Q&A discussion (pictured center with thumbs up)! Nora Poggi you inspire the entrespeneur in all of us!Thanks for inspiring us with empowering and powerful stories of risk, perseverance and following your dreams. Hats- off to our generous hosts John Morrison, Director, California Film InstituteEducation and Melanie Nichols, Education Coordinator, California Film Institute for building community around gender and diversity in tech  with our sister schools Miller Creek Middleand San Rafael High School


Coding Against Climate Change

Go Team Coding for Climate Change! Go TL Innovation Lab!  Go First Hackathon Team! 
California Academy of Science 2016 Environmental Hackathon Game Jam 2016 Team!

Best Pitch winner at California Academy of Science Environmental Game Jam Hackathon 2016!

What is the Bottome Line? Is there profit to be made... or an ecosystem to save..or a better future for mankind?


Making Cool Stuff with an Industry Guest Mentor


Women of 2K Inspiring & Empowering Girl Power in Gaming

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Want to show a girl that she can do anything? Give her a role model. You can't be what you can't see- which is why we're working with Nicole Sandavol, Producer, Hangar 13 @2K and Sofy Kabachek, Software Engineer @2K to join our students and share about their career paths and challenges of women working in video game industry..  GAME is a new academic program currently being developed that offers students pathways in computer science, graphic design, and media narrative writing leading to a capstone project of producing a video game as a collaborative team.  TL Innovation Lab's Industry Insights is working with TL and mentors from 2K to bring this important conversation to our students to help bridge the gap in gender and diversity in computer science and tech.  All students welcome to our Industry Insights Guest Speaker with Nicole Andavol during tutorial on Wednesday 1/24 in Room 14. 


Creating New Academic Pathways in STEAM at TL

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GAME is a new academic program currently being developed by Terra Linda High School, San Rafael City Schools, and Academic Excellence's TL Innovation Lab with mentorship from industry leaders at 2K. Our exciting new program will offer TL students pathways in computer science, graphic design, and media narrative writing leading to a capstone project of producing a video game as a collaborative team. Classes will be offered this fall so please discuss with your student's counselors or for more information Lauren Inman, Assistant Principal at linman@srcs.org or Jo James, TL Innovation Lab and Academic Excellence at josiejamesster@googlemail.com.

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Coding at the Carnival: Student Advocacy & Leadership in the Community

Since our founding with our first enrichment program TL Coding Lab in 2014, we have incorporated advocacy for computer science as part the role exceptions for our students. Our students know that through their participation in our coding, making and design labs they can help shape, not only their education, but also affect change for other students at TL and within our community. Our students have made presentations and interacted with our San Rafael City School District (SRCS) and partners to help build community and express the importance of learning computer science to better prepare them for college readiness and  their futures beyond TL.  Our students' enthusiasm and advocacy, and close collaboration with our Principal Dunlap, and  leadership  in our district, community, and industry  resulted in 2 Advance Placement Computer Science courses added to our curriculum in Fall 2016.  Also, TL Innovation Lab innovative enrichment programs serve as models for cirriculum development at TL. This Fall we are proud to share that our TL Video Game Dev Studio has been developed into a 3-year academic pathway for computer science, digital art, and media narrative writing. TL Innovation Lab  provides an essential knowledge-base/skill-set to better prepare our students for future college readiness because of the shared vision and goals of our collaborative partners.

 Coding at the Carnival! TL Coding Lab student mentor shows coding to Mary Jane Burke, Superintendent of School, MOE and Rachel Kertz, President, San Rafael City School Board of Trustees at Summerfest Carnival 2015 sponsored by HeadsUp Foundation to raise funds for enrichment K-12..

Coding at the Carnival! TL Coding Lab student mentor shows coding to Mary Jane Burke, Superintendent of School, MOE and Rachel Kertz, President, San Rafael City School Board of Trustees at Summerfest Carnival 2015 sponsored by HeadsUp Foundation to raise funds for enrichment K-12..

  Thanks for the Tweet, Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools at Summerfest 2015, Annual Fundraiser for HeadsUp Foundation for San Rafael City Schools!

Thanks for the Tweet, Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools at Summerfest 2015, Annual Fundraiser for HeadsUp Foundation for San Rafael City Schools!


Building Community Around CS at TL--A Special Project

Students of TLCoding Lab entered a competition iduring the summer 2014, to create a 90 second video to show how our IT Dept. collaborates with our partners, admin, teachers, and students to provide computer science instruction, and innovation around tech at TLCoding Lab!  Although we didn't win the $50,000 Grand Prize, we did  have a whole lot of fun building community with our students, parent volunteers, and our corporate partner CodeHS while collaborating creatively together! This video also helped to raise awareness to the lack of access to academic paths in computer science at our high school and also helped to spotlight our students' enthusiasm for CS!!! Watch our video directed by the talented Nick Slanec, TLCoding Lab and MarinSEL Student at TL. 

Student Advocacy like our video help to show our partners and school leadership that access to computer science and digital media is important for all at TL--and also one of the most diverse high schools in Marin County!


Solving Problems in Community Health

Hackathon Fun for all! TL Innovation Lab and Marin School for Environmental Leadership teamed-up to enter Marin County's first hackathon, Hack4Health .Hackathon Fun for all!  Writing over 600 lines of code and building an accessible database, our team created a civil action platform to engage public on local health issues for Marin County's first official hackathon. We were so happy to be part of this historic moment! Thanks to Marin County Office of Education and awesome IT staff, Damon Connolly, County Supervisor · San Rafael, California, Coordinators, and all of our sponsors for a great day of hacking and coding!  Together we had a lot of fun developing a civil action platform around health issues and data in Marin County.  Hack4Health was a historic event in education and community around computer science and tech as it was the first hackathon in Marin County. Thanks to Marin County Office of Education and Damon Connolly for a great day of hacking and coding with students from all over Marin and the Bay Area!


For the past 2-years,  TL Maker Lab has been meeting as an after school enrichment program so our students will have more time to make so really cool stuff!  Unfortunately, we had no teacher with a computer science and physics background available to teach so we reached our to our community and industry to engage professionals to teach and mentor our students in making really cool stuff with applied computer science.   Roger Ruittmann, CTO, Reactful, Inc., has generously agreed to  be our Guest Mentor for his second  year at Maker Lab! 


See How Much Fun We Have with VR ! 

T TL Visual Arts Program and TL Innovation Lab along with our new community partners  Virtual Augmented Reality Libraries will be launched a new cutting-edge Virtually Reality (VR) experience for students in the visual art classroom.  Student will have the opportunity to create a virtual art studio where they can create unimagined 3 D art and emersive landscape environments using paint and  3D modeling programs with of Oculus, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear devices and a Google Expeditions VR classroom.  See how much fun we have in the virtual worlds!Thanks to our partners at VAR Libraries for offering this innovative way for creative expression in the 21st Century! Stop by Ms. Bernheim's Art Room to see our newly imagined masterpieces of the Digital World!


Get Involved

TL Innovation Lab is made possible through parent, student, alumni, community and corporate partnerships!  Make a difference! Help provide access to computer science and project-based learning at one of the most diverse high schools in Marin County. With your involvement, we can continue to support innovation and computer science to provide essiantial 21st century skills for college and career readiness while helping to bridge the gap in gender and diversity in computer science and tech.

Our Coding Innovation Lab is looking for voluteers and industry partners who have an interest in supporting programming and all things tech at TL. No experience necessary. There are roles for all! Get Invovled! Go Coding! Go Making! Go Digital Design! Go Partners! Online Volunteer Form>


Our Partners

TL Innovation Lab partners with a variety of individuals, community and corporate organizations who invest in our community, programs and events to support and inspire computer science and pathways to STEM education for all students at TL!  Join our growing list of partners with your generous donation that will make megabytes of difference at our public high school with one of the most diverse student populations in Marin County. Thank you so much for your generosity to TL Innovation Lab! 

Contact  Owen Bartolf, Student Founder at owen. bartolf@ gmail.com for more information about supporting computer science and digital media at TL!


Our  Mentors and Partners Bridging the Gap in Diversity and Access to Computer Science and Tech at TL!