Academics

Kleberg IDEA Center

The Maker Mindset at Upland

In The IDEA Center empathy defines the questions and problems. Technology and engineering drive the solutions. Design thinking challenges students to learn from their models and mistakes. The curriculum is intentionally flexible, process-based and community-centered.  

Students from Pre-K to 9th grade learn to better understand the needs of their peers and their community at large while empowering them to be global citizens.  Students build solutions to problems using design prototypes of all kinds using technology and harness their fine and gross motor skills along the way.  Students will engage with a wide range of technology and tools from table saws and hammers to laser cutters and robotics.  In a world with complex problems, forward-thinking educators encourage students to ideate and prototype - continually redesigning and learning from previous errors or missteps.  Mistakes are simply an opportunity to learn, and repeated effort always leads to improvement.  Students learn to collaborate and build upon each other’s ideas, using all the information and knowledge at their disposal while designing their own unique solutions.  

The IDEA Center cultivates a community of thinkers, makers, and builders in a place of discovery, joy, and innovation.
Be sure to click on the TV within the virtual tour to hear a special message from Mr. Gallagher, the Director of Making and Doing.