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Welcome to the Battle High School Think Tank

Students will get out of this experience exactly what they put into it. The habits of mind they will learn here will serve them well regardless of the field they choose to enter. Whether students are in the Battle Think Tank for Engineering Design, Advisory +, or EEE Resource they will have the unique opportunity to harness their creativity, innovate through the design process, develop deep - meaningful solutions and then communicate them to any audience. As these skills are practiced over and over again,  powerful connections will begin to take shape in the brain. Before they know it - each student's creative confidence will empower them to take on even the world's most difficult problems. 

The Battle High School Think Tank represents a blended high school program rooted in the philosophy of teaching students HOW to think, instead of WHAT to think. Our project based classroom represents an amalgamation of Columbia Public School's Secondary EEE Department, The Columbia Career Center, and Stanford Universities Design Thinking Methodology. 

The Design Process teaches us how to access our creativity and channel it toward innovation and brings the capacity to make solutions become reality. Synthesis of these powerful thinking tools will allow our most motivated, and highest achievers to develop the habits of thinking necessary to become the positive change they want to see in the world.

EEE CPS Gifted Education      


"Making is fundamental to what it means to be human. We must make, create, and express ourselves to feel whole. There is something unique about making physical things. Things we make are like little pieces of us and seem to embody portions of our soul." 

                                                                                            Mark Hatch - The Maker Movement Manifesto

Our Project Based Learning environment is made possible through a collaboration between the Columbia Public Schools Secondary Gifted Education program (EEE), and the Columbia Area Career Center (CACC). Our goal is to create opportunities for students to explore creativity through individual interests. After identifying a personal passion, students are encouraged to explore, learn, and create products directly related to their personal interests. This helps students to develop real world, relevant skills while simultaneously fostering a love of learning.

Columbia Mall Maker Faire