About Innov8

What is Innov8?

Trinity Episcopal School's Innov8 course is a three-week, interdisciplinary capstone experience for 8th graders that challenges them to investigate real-world problems and generate original, entrepreneurial solutions. Students employ a design thinking framework, using empathy-based strategies to identify relevant problems, and then develop business model canvases and minimum viable products to test the applicability of their proposed solutions. Student teams bring their final ideas to "light" at the culminating Innov8 Symposium with formal stage pitches and interactive convention-style booths.

Professional entrepreneurs provide an authentically real-world experience as guides-on-the-side.

Students share insights on becoming an entrepreneur.

A visual overview of the Innov8 2018 experience:

Innov8 Symposium - Doreen Lorenzo.mp4

Words of inspiration from Doreen Lorenzo, Assistant Dean of UT's School of Design and Creative Technologies

Who are the teachers?

Vanguard refers to "a group of people leading the new in new developments or ideas." To expose students to diverse, real world perspectives, we enlist assorted parent professionals to visit the students for guest lectures, mentoring, and to provide feedback during the Round Robin Idea Brainstorm and Shark Tank pitch day. See our participating Vanguard partners.

Innov8 Faculty consists of 8 full-time Trinity teachers:

    • Laura Robinette, 8th Grade Science Teacher & Advisor
    • Karyn Rayburn, 8th Grade Spanish Teacher & Advisor
    • Patrick Glazik, 8th Grade History Teacher & Advisor
    • Craig Cannon, Assistant Chaplain & 8th Grade Advisor
    • Virginia Woodruff, 8th Grade English Teacher & Advisor
    • Sarah Julsonnet, MS Librarian
    • Mark Richards, Academic Dean (project leader)
    • Sarah Venkatesh, D-Lab Teacher &Technology Integration Specialist (project leader)