For Students

Youth & students can utilize a wide variety of equipment and tools in guided learning through summer camps, after school programs, and more.

For Community

Meeting rooms allow for flexible opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and youth support services, while teachers can learn through CTE professional development workshops.

For Staff

Designated office space allows our team to be closely involved with programming, events, and youth mentorship.

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Summer 2021 Programming

Industry-informed

To prepare students for jobs after high school, we’ve been working with industry partners from the beginning to outfit SparkLab with industry-standard tools and equipment.

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General & Media Inquiry

(541) 654-4095

info@connectedlane.org

Sponsorship & Partnership Inquiry

Interested in sponsoring SparkLab? Please email our executive director for information.

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Student Projects

Invention Lab Student Inventions

In July 2021, SparkLab opened with its first official program, Invention Lab. A five-week, paid experience for high school students to learn skills in the invention process, build technical skills, and gain experience in human-centered design. The goal of Invention Lab is to empower generations of creators, inventors, and leaders in addressing complex issues. For this summer program, students were tasked with creating devices to monitor air quality and CO2 levels in indoor spaces.

Youth presented their inventions to the public on the last day of the program. Not only did they work together to create a working invention and prepare professional presentations, but they also created many friendships and learned to stretch their skills. One day a week was dedicated to enrichment activities including connecting the youth to the outdoors and learning about Afrofuturism.

Custom Picnic Tables

Craig—a high school senior—submitted an Elevate mentorship application seeking a mentor to help him further his woodworking knowledge and experience before graduation. We paired Craig with Mark Bruer of Essex General Construction, Inc. Mark supported Craig through designing and building three picnic tables for SparkLab. These picnic tables have already been a valuable addition to SparkLab! Nice work Craig and Mark!

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Mural for SparkLab Lobby

We commissioned Brynn, a former Elevate mentorship participant, to create a mural for the lobby area of SparkLab. Using our logo and colors, she created this amazing work of art! We love how it turned out and think it perfectly captures the essence of the Lab.

Name & Colors for SparkLab

We wanted SparkLab to be student-centered from the beginning. Over several weeks, a team of South Eugene HS freshmen worked with our team and a local industry mentor to pitch their idea, and we couldn’t be happier with what they came up with. Thank you to Jeyla, Ashley, Grace, and Nova for your hard work!

“Through several weeks of brainstorming and development, we came up with the name ‘SparkLab’. We thought this conveyed our intention of the space which is to focus on the engineering aspect and to “spark” inspiration in the youth of our community. When designing our color palette, we thought that having bright colors, but also lighter, more subtle tones would help the space feel like somewhere people can create and think with limitless possibilities.”