Let's Make Cool Stuff

Introducing our  enrichment programs that build community around all things computer science and tech at Terra Linda High School in San Rafael, CA.

We are excited to share our wonderful news that our founding enrichment program TLCoding Lab has been expanded to include coding, making and design. TL Innovation Lab now offers  specialized lunch time and after school enrichment programs in  applied computer science, digital art & design, and making really cool stuff. This tech trifecta of enrichment programs provides 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 program and our mission is to provide computer science, STEAM education and digital literacy for all students at TL while helping to bridge the gap in gender and diversity at one of the most diverse high schools in Marin County!

Learn Coding

 TL Innovation  is a lunch time enrichment program that gives our students opportunities to try coding without the stigma of grades,  to boost their confidence and provide the encouragement and support needed to position them to succeed in future  Computer Science classes and AP courses. CodeHS generously provides cloud-based online computer science curriculum to students.  Students new to coding as well as our advanced programmers will find projects and community to inspire innovation. Check out our new TL Video Game Studio and TL Maker Lab!
 

TL Innovation:
Wednesdays at Lunch
[ 12:15-55pm] inin Room 105.
 

Learn Making

Let's make cool stuff together at the TL Maker Lab, now an after school  enrichment program that gives our student opportunities to work on applied computer science and digital media projects. Projects will be lead by our industry Guest Mentors Program.  This program provides students 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 caree while provide 21 century skills for the real world.  We will work with Arduinos and Raspberry Pis  Come see us at the 2018Maker Faire!

TL Maker Lab:
Wednesday at after school
[ 2:35-4:35pm] in the
 Eng. Tech Computer Lab

Learn Design

TL Innovation Lab  offers enrichment programs to explores digital design through the principles of graphic design and 3D design. Our students will learn the power of design in our ever increasing digital world. Students of all levels are welcome to explore pathways in digital design to create cool portfolio pieces or apply design in collaborative projects in applied computer science at our TL Maker Lab. This year, Digital Design will be incorporated into our afterschool programs: TL Maker Lab, TL Video Game Dev Studio and our TL Virtual Reality Art Studio.
 

TL Innovation Lab: Wednesday at Lunch in Room 105 [ 12:15-55pm] 
 

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TL Innovation Lab is an Academic Excellence enrichment program that provides knowledge of computer science and digital media to all students at TL.
TL Innovation Lab Open to All Students: Wednesday 12:15 -12:55p.m., Room 105
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Lead Student Mentor and co-Founder:  Owen Bartolf, Junior MSEL
Lead Teaher Mentor: Bruce Gustin,   bgustiny@srcs.org
Lead Teacher Mentor Digital Design:  Lisa Cummings, lcummingsr@srcs.org
TL Maker Lab Guest  Mentor: Roger Ruittmann, CTO Reactful. Inc
TL Video Game Development Studio Guest Mentor:
Mark James, Vice President of Technology, 2K


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We Made It!

Spring TL Maker Faire Student Project Showcase 2018

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Maker Project:
Next Gen Autonomous Model Car -II

  • Project Instructions  [will be posted soon]
  •  Materials List [will be posted soon]

 

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Maker Project:
Too Lazy Games Development Experience


TL Video Game Studio Launches Too Lazy Games!

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


GAME a New Academic Program Bridging the Gap in Gender & Diversity in Computer Science and Tech at TL

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. 

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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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Spring TL Maker Lab Project 2017

This Spring, TL students will be improve our self-driving autonomous car that was debuted at the 2017 Bay Area Maker  Faire!  Come join our 2018  TLMaker Lab Team and  learn about the experience of building a self-driving model car using Raspberry Pi, off the shelf electronics and a 3D printed body. See the results and talk to the student makers and get inspired to contribute or build your own.  TL Maker Lab meets Wednesday after-school.


 National Computer Science Week 2017!


TL Students Explore VR at TL Innovation Lab

This October TL Visual Arts Program and TL Innovation Lab along with our new community partners  Virtual Augmented Reality Libraries will be launching 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. As our program grows we will have the ability to experience masterpieces and architectural landmards to enhance and make more dynamic learning art history. 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!


Building Community Around Gender & Diversity in Tech

TL Innovation Lab students attended Mill Valley Film Festival 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


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!


What's New

About US

TLCoding Lab launched in March 2015, as a lunchtime enrichment program/solution, developed by a founding student determined to have computer science at his high school. Our fonding student created community and advocacy for computer science with fellow students and keay stakeholders:  AcdemicExcellence@TL,  TLHS and San Rafael City Schools District Leadership Teams, community and industry partners to develop enrichment programs in applied computer science --as our high school had no curriculum or elective classes then.  We are pleased to announce that through our student advocacy and partnerships with our Principal Katy Dunlap along with San Rafael City Schools  leadership and community partnerships, TL Coding Lab has evolved into TL Innovation Lab:

  • Offering New Enrichment Programs to include, TL Maker Lab and TL Video Game Studio!
  • Effective advocady help to add computer science into TLHS cirriculum with 2 new AP  classes in Computer Science , build community around CS district wide, and develop new cirriculum in STEAM.
  •  Creating enrichment programs that server as models for new programming with the new  TL Video Game Development Academic and Career Cirriculum Pathway that will launch in Fall 2018!
  • Advising  in new academic pathways in applied computer science and digital media that are underdevelopment for the new consturct of STEM/STEAM classroom cluster funded by the recent passing of Measure B!

Innovative Approach

 TL Innovation Lab gives our students opportunities to try coding without the stigma of grades,  to boost student confidence providing encouragement and support needed to position them to succeed in future  Computer Science classes and AP courses. CodeHS generously provides online computer science curriculum to students. Our entrepreneurial approach with self-paced learning set in an  hub for innovation with a handful of advanced students really get beginners “‘hooked’ on coding--bringing their coding skills quickly up to speed through the peer mentoring.  TL Innovation Lab also targets students with little or no coding experience along with under served students who can't to afford expensive private instruction in summer camps or afters school programs. 

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

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

Students Applying Computer Science to their Core Curriculum and Beyond!

Our more advanced students have opportunities to peer mentor and collaborate developing advanced projects which they sometimes bring into their core classes at TL and into the community. One of our students in School for Environmental Leadership, a specialized school within Terra Linda High School, created for his LEAD Project a moisture sensor with an Arduino to measure and control water in our campus' organic garden so that not one drop of water is wasted during this drought. Last Spring, TL Coding Lab's entered its first hackathon with Team Coding Against Climate Change. Our team brought their best design, programming and graphics skills to  create an environmental simulation video game for the 2016 Academy of Sciences Game Jam. Their game Bottoml Line was honored for best pitch because it asked the question, "Do you want to live in a world driven by profit or live in a world without concern for nature? What is your Bottom Line?"

Student Advocacy and Leadership!

Since our founding with our first enrichment program TL Coding Lab, 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 prepare them for college readiness for their futures beyond TL.  Our students' enthusiasm and advocacy, and collaboration with our Principal Dunlap, district and community leaders resulted in 2 Advance Placement Computer Science courses added to our curriculum for Fall 2017. Also,  this year, we are so pleased to announce that our high school in partnership with SRCS district got a recent upgrade in computers and tech to better support our classroom learning! 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, &nbsp;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!


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!


Your generous donation will keep all of our students coding and innovating at TL Innovation Lab.

Donate

We are an enrichment program developed by TL students and  volunteers of Academic Excellence@TL, a public 5013c,Tax ID # 68-368998 Donations of time, talent, or monetary donations beginning at $500 and above are acknowledged as a Bridging the Gap  partner on our website with a click through icon, and will also be listed in any special event communication materials. Make megabytes of difference for our students who love to code!

We believe that computer science is an essential foundation knowledge and skill set for our youth.  Our students, teachers, parents, along with our community partners are working with administration and our school district to create  new academic pathways in  computer science and tech rich instruction at one of the most diverse campuses in Marin County.

TL Innovation Lab is our only student hub for learning and innovating with computer science without the impacts of grades while building confidence in learning. Our collaborative programs give students more time to explore, to create and to innovate daily  while fostering community and more depth around computer science, robotics, digital design and making cool stuff!

 TL Innovation Lab is supported only by our generous student and parent volunteers, TL teachers and community partners who support greater access to computer science for all students at Terra Linda High School.

You can make megabytes of a difference as an angel investor in our learning with a generous donation to TL Innovation Lab! 

Thank you so much for your support!