The Innovation Lab at Foxcroft School
In the laboratory classrooms of the Science Wing in Schoolhouse, you can often find students mixing compounds and analyzing the reaction of substances. Since the start of the 2017-18 school year, there is even more bubbling up in the Science Wing — innovation. With the opening of the new makerspace, The Innovation Lab at Foxcroft School or “TIL@FXC,” students and faculty alike are brainstorming creative uses for the tools.

— Kenzie G. ’20

“TIL@FXC has helped me develop as an artist. You can find inspiration in anything, then realize it in the makerspace.”

— Alex Northrup, Director of Educational Technology

“In The Innovation Lab, students begin to see themselves as active participants in the creation of the world around them.”


What’s in The Innovation Lab?

You'll find a variety of technology in the different spaces within The Innovation Lab:

Technology Room

  • Laser Cutter
  • 3D Printer
  • Sewing Machine with programmable embroidery
  • T-Shirt Press
  • Silk Screen Printing Equipment
  • Large Format Color Printer
  • Jewelry Making Station

Engineering Room

  • Double Bevel Compound Sliding Miter Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • 3 Cordless Drills
  • Palm Sander
  • Brad Nailer
  • Dowel Jig
  • Power Stapler
  • Soldering Iron
  • Access to a Table Saw in the Carpentry Shop

Digital Design Studio

  • 4 iMacs with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • 1 iMac with Final Cut Pro (video editing software)
  • Video Camera with Microphone and Tripod
  • 360° Camera for Virtual Reality Filmmaking
  • Microphone/Stand for Podcasting/Sound Recording

Collaboration Room

  • Color Printer for general use
  • Supplies/equipment for electronics projects, including Arduino/Raspberry Pi
  • Sewable Electronics
  • Robotics
  • General arts/crafts supplies

The “Space to Innovate” Team


Our mission is to develop a maker space that will inspire the community and allow all members an opportunity to design, create, and learn using hands-on approaches, both in and out of the classroom, while utilizing the newest technology.
— The Space to Innovate Team, November 2016

List of 3 items.

  • How Did the Space to Innovate Team Come Together?

    At the start of the 2016-17 school year, 16 students and several faculty members were given the opportunity to join the Space to Innovate team, which would spend the next year researching, designing, and proposing plans for the academic prep school's makerspace.
  • What Did Team Members Do Over the Course of the Year?

    Over the course of the year, the group visited makerspaces in Virginia, met with maker experts, and discussed plans with architects and Foxcroft's Business Manager. Several members gave presentations to Foxcroft's administration and then the Board of Trustees, and the team's influence moved the project forward. Team members also presented at the National Coalition of Girls' Schools conference, "Education Innovation: Building Cultures of Creativity," in summer 2017.
  • What's Next for the Team?

    With the opening of TIL@FXC in September 2017, Space to Innovate team members invited students and faculty to explore the lab. These students and faculty are great stewards of the space, and are modeling innovate and creative thinking for the entire community.

Committee Members

Maria Evans, Ph.D., STEM Department Chair
Alex Northrup, Director of Educational Technology, History Department Chair
Maria Sogegian, Director of the Library
Courtney Ulmer, Academic Dean

Amara B. ’19
Elisa C. ’18
Bettina C. ’19
Bridgette E. ’20
Kenzie G. ’20
Cici J. ’18
Madeline J. ’19
Melanie F. ’18
Clair N. ’19
May S. ’19
Pia S. ’18
Bella S. ’20
Krissa T. ’20
Camille V. ’20
Wendy X. ’19
Florence X. ’20
Zoey X. ’18
Sylvia Y. ’19

List of 4 items.

  • 4

    separate rooms
    make up TIL@FXC
  • 60+

    members of the community
    are trained on the laser cutter
  • 100%

    of classes
    can use the space
  • 1

    inspire innovation

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  • Follow TIL@FXC Activities

    Interested in what's happening in The Innovation Lab throughout the school year? Search #TILatFXC on Twitter and you'll discover:
    • Photos of projects and student work;
    • News and updates about the space;
    • Events and ways to get involved;
    • Your own inspiration!
    Follow #TILatFXC on Twitter today!
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An all-girls boarding and day school in Northern Virginia, Foxcroft prepares young women in grades 9-12 for success in college and in life. Our outstanding academic program offers challenging courses, including Advanced Placement classes and an innovative STEM program. Our premiere equestrian program is nationally recognized, and our athletic teams have won conference and state championships. Experience the best in girls' boarding schools: visit Foxcroft.