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Ross Family IDEA Lab

Believing that students can be innovators, designers, and inventors who can impact the world through their gifts, Oaks Christian School has established an unprecedented IDEA Lab - Innovation, Design, Engineering and Aeronautics.

The 14,000 square foot facility is like no other high school science lab in the state of California, giving OCS students a jump in STEM career paths (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The central hub of this new space is the 4,000 square foot fabrication lab which will house metal and wood fabrication machines, 3D printers, and a variety of other useful tools, such as Haas tools that are typically reserved for college fabrication labs or industrial labs. The lab allows students to make basically anything out of anything including robots, aerial and underwater drones, rockets, and even basic prosthetics. Students learn first-hand from top-notch OCS science faculty, as well as retired engineers, machinists and guest lecturers.

The lab is also home to our Institute of Engineering. In addition to the amazing program that already exists in the middle school, the middle school robotics team will have access to the new VEX robotics lab. 

OCS seniors will have the opportunity to create a culminating Capstone Project to identify real-world problems, develop solutions through trial and error, and then to provide those solutions to people, schools, villages, or organizations in a way that will improve quality of life.

The IDEA Lab Features

  • 4,000-square-foot fabrication space
  • 3D Printers
  • Robotic Classroom
  • Physics Classroom
  • Electrical Engineering Classroom
  • Computer Science Classroom
  • Flex Classroom
  • Reception Area
  • Conference Room
  • Faculty Core Room
  • Gaming Room
  • Virtual Reality
  • Haas Tools
  • VEX Lab
  • Top-notch Computer Stations
  • Engineering Software


Middle School Design Lab

In the Middle School Design Lab, students jump right in and start problem-solving! The hands-on approach incorporates design thinking and engineering principles. The most important thing that happens here is creativity! State of the art tools such as a laser cutter and 3D printer are some of the tools in the lab.