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TL Maker Lab is an Academic Excellence enrichment program that provides knowledge of computer science through hands-on project based learning and making cool stuff.
Maker Lab Open to All Students: Mondays 11:38am -12:18p.m., Room #17
Head Mentor & Founder:
Mr. Craig Taylor, ctaylor@srcs.org
Guest Mentor: Mr. Roger Ruttimann
Founder: Maya Bartolf, Chair AE@TL: bartolf.family@gmail.com
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A Hub for Our Coding & Making Community

What's New?



New Maker Programs

  • A New Guest Mentor Program--Let's Make Something Cool Together!

This Fall TL Coding Lab lauched our Guest Mentor Program which will bring in a volunteer parent or community partner to lead an applied computer science project! This program will provide more dynamic and hands-on  opportunities in learning for our students and we will also make so really cool stuff!  Our students will be so thrilled and appreciative to start the year with upgrades and making cool stuff together! Many thanks to the SRCS  and community partners like Hermes Econometrics that recently gave a generous gift to support this innovative program! We look forward to posting on the new and exciting projects that our Guest Mentors will be leading and look for us at the Maker Faire 2017! If you would like more information on how to become a project mentor please contact Maya Bartolf at maya.bartolf@gmail.com.

  • Student Project Proposal Grants

To encourage in depth and specialized learning for our students, TLCoding Lab is developing a student grant program to support deeper learning in areas of personal interest. Students will submit a short proposal and budget and be award funding to peruse projects that make them excited about applied computer science and engineering.


Maker Faire Project Spring 2017


Self-driving Model Cars with Raspberry Pi &
Camera Positional Tracking System

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. Also, learn how to detect the absolute 3D position of self-driving robot using a 4-camera tracking system that feeds data to controller that can issue orders to the autonomous vehicle using this data. 


We Made it!!!!

Congratulations to TL Innovation Lab on their first robotics exhibit at Maker Faire 2017 in San Mateo! Our Maker Lab team showcased their autonomous model at the world famous annual event that leads the Maker Movement. A fantastic team building effort and learning experience for all our students! Our robots also inspired others, especially the young future roboticists and makers. Our Team also got to meet industry professionals and celebrities along with making friends with the maker community! "The BEST thing I did all school year", said TL Freshman, Maker Team 2017! Special thanks to Roger Ruttiman, Guest Mentor for leading the project and to Hermes Econometrics for sponsoring us! Great Effort! Go Robotics! Go Maker Team 2017! Go TL Innovation! Go TL! Go Maker Faire

About TL Maker Lab

Our founding program, TLCoding Lab launched in March 2015, as a lunchtime enrichment program/solution, developed by parent volunteers at AcdemicExcellence@TL, to teach computer science to ALL students/grade levels--as our high school had no curriculum or elective classes. We are excited to share our wonderful news that our founding enrichment program TLCoding Lab, has been expanded to include coding, making and media. TL Innovation Lab will offered specialized lunch time enrichment programs 3 days a week for computer science instruction in coding, digital design, and making really cool stuff. TL's new tech enrichment trifecta developed by Academic Excellence at Terra Linda High School and made possible by a generous gift from Hermes Econometics to fund project-based learning that fosters communication, collaboration and creativity in learning for our students. Our expanded program will create a greater depth for our students in understanding programing, digital design, and innovation.  Also, through our student advocacy and partnership with our Principal Katy Dunlap along with district leadership and community partnerships we are proud to share that this Fall 2017, Terra Linda High School will be offering 2 new Advance Placement (AP) classes in Computer Science.  TL Maker Lab is part of a tech trifecta including TL Coding Lab and TL Digital Media under our new lunch time enrichment umbrella program, TL Innovation Lab.

Computer Science Instruction

 CodeHS will continue to be our primary partner generously providing online instruction to our students. This year, we are so pleased to announce that TLCoding Lab's student advocacy in partnership with Principal Dunlap, and SRCS district helped in garnering an upgrade in computers and tech to better support our classroom learning!  

Out Comes from a shared vision with our Community Partners:  

  • access to computer science for all students
  • bridges diverse student communities
  • sparking entrepreneurial teaching, dynamic learning and innovation
  • Students bringing computer science projects into their core classes and beyond! 
  • Empowering students to be advocates for diversity in computer science! 

 TL Innovation Lab is leading the way in computer science instruction and enrichment.  TL Maker Lab continues to  attract industry professionals to mentor and share experiences that open up new academic and career paths in computer science and tech for our students futures beyond TL.  See our list of special guest speakers at TLCoding Lab.


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

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.

Students Applying Computer Science to their Core Curriculum and Beyond!

Our more advanced students have opportunities to peer mentor and collaborate developing more 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 Bottom 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 Leadership & Advocacy

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..

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.


A Vision for Innovation

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!

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 will offer specialized lunch time enrichment programs 3 days a week for computer science instruction, digital media, and making really cool stuff. This tech trifecta offered over multiple days for our students will foster a greater depth in understanding of programing, digital media, and innovation with hands on project-based learning that fosters communication, collaboration and creativity. 


All Roads lead to Innovation! Join in the fun of Making Cool Stuff!

 

Get Involved

TL Maker Lab is made possible through parent, student, alumni, community and corporate partnerships!  Make a difference! Help provide access to Computer Science at one of the most diverse high schools in Marin County. With your involvement, we can continue to support innovation and computer science to enrich and inspire the academic experience at TL and Beyond.

Our Maker Lab is looking for parents and 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 Making! Go TL Innovation Lab! Go Partners! Online Volunteer Form>


Our Partners

TL Maker 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 Maya Bartolf, Chair, Academic Excellenc@TL at maya.bartolf@gmail.com for more information about supporting computer science at TL!


Our Partners Bridging the Gap in Access to Computer Science and Tech!


More Fun Stuff We do!

Hour of Code!

On Wednesday, December 9 at Lunch in Room #302, we celebrated  National Computer Science Education week with code.org's "Hour of Code."  

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages at code.org. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

192,083 Hour of Code events around the world


A Special Field Trip

 

Director Robin Hauser Reynolds and our generous partners at Mill Valley Film Festival  arranged a special educational screening of her new documentary, CODE:Debugging the Gender Gap in Technology  to build community  with TLCoding Labe our friends at San Rafael High School Physics Academy and the Advanced Digital Media Class at Miller Creek Middle School in October 2015. See how much fun we had!


 

Donate Now!

 

We believe that computer science is an essential foundation knowledge and skill set for our youth and we are working with administration and our school district to create technical transformation and new academic pathways to  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 to 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 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 TLCoding Lab! 

Thank you so much for your support!

 

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

We are an enrichment program developed by  parent volunteers of Academic Excellence@TL, a public 5013c, Tax ID # 68-0368998,

Donations of mentoring time for guest speakers or mentors and monetary donations beginning at $500 and above are acknowledge 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!

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