Innovation Lab & Maker Space

The Innovation Lab and Maker’s Space are the creative hub from which students collaborate, solve problems and interact with peers, as well as showcase their natural abilities at coding, robotics, building and 3D modeling. Equipped with everything necessary to turn ideas into reality — such as a mill, CNC machine, 3-D printers, tools, electronics, CAD, and various resources for building and making — the Innovation Lab and Maker’s Space sit at the intellectual and physical heart of our school.  This is a truly unique space where our aspiring builders can let their imaginations fly, incorporating their classroom learning with real world projects.  You will often see students working collaboratively here, learning to talk through their challenges and successes as well as helping one-another. Projects range from 3D design and using the 3D printer, building robots, exploring photojournalism, engineering design and much more.

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Mentor & Internship Program

Exposure to professionals in the forms of mentorships and internship providers is another key component. We are proud of our Internship Program for high school students (juniors and seniors), and we cultivate a mentorship program throughout all levels. We utilize the dynamic Los Angeles environment, with its booming Silicon Beach and other tech centers, to forge connections with the industrial giants in our midst. Relationships have already begun with Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Tormach and more to both bring mentors to our students and send students out into internships, creating important contacts for future employment.


Robotics work at STEM3 Academy is held in the well-equipped Innovation Lab and Maker’s Space.  Developmentally appropriate robotics programs are available in the elementary, middle and high school levels. The high school Robotics team entered the FIRST Robotics Competition in Spring 2015 and won the Rookie All-Star Award, with the team competing in the Championship in St Louis, Missouri!

Robotics is a powerful tool for teaching essential skills like collaboration and problem-solving. In addition to helping young people develop a variety of STEM-related abilities, it encourages engagement and excitement about the learning process.

The STEM3 Academy robotics program takes students with little or no robotics experience to being proficient in advanced programming and operation.

Team Knightrise was proud to participate in the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition.  In this competition, teams of up to 25+ students raised funds and built robots to perform prescribed tasks against competitors. Volunteer mentors lent their time and talents to each team allowing students to learn from professional engineers, programmers and adults.

Team 5678, Team Knightrise, participated in the Ventura Regional competition and won the Rookie All Stars Award, advancing them to the Championship Event in St. Louis.  Their success was covered in LA Parent.

The team finished 59 out of 76 in the Tesla Division.  We are so very proud of the work that Team Knightrise has done.


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After School and Summer Programs

STEM3 Academy reaches a wider pool of special needs students through afterschool, summer and weekend programs that include photography, FIRST robotics, digital editing, coding, game design and prototyping. Plans are in place to design a Training and Certification Program in Adobe, Microsoft, Autodesk, coding and Intuit for special learners in the LA area.