Introducing Ross STEAM Innovation Lab Certificate Program


Ross School’s new program is a curricular pathway for students who wish to enhance their educational experience by incorporating coursework in the STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics—fields.

Since its founding in 1991, Ross School has focused on creating new models for teaching that better address the challenges of the new millennium. Over the years, Ross’s dynamic learning laboratory has been further enhanced by strategic partnerships with Intel, Yamaha, and R/GA Interactive as well as by the merging of innovative theory and practices with cutting-edge technology. 

The Innovation Lab Certificate Program builds on principles of innovation and creativity to connect student learning in the critical areas of science, math, technology, and engineering with arts practices, elements, and design.

Happy female Ross Upper School student looking though and adjusting a microscope.

Students engage in authentic, problem-based learning and design thinking and take advantage of opportunities for personalized research to enhance readiness for college and careers in STEAM fields.



The Ross STEAM Innovation Lab Certificate can be earned over four years, although students may complete the program in less time. Students entering Ross School after grade 9 may provide official transcripts in order for coursework at previous schools to be evaluated for appropriateness in meeting the certificate requirements.

Ross STEAM Innovation Lab Certificate requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA above 80 for classes required for certificate

  • Four (4) years of Science plus one advanced level Science elective course

  • Three (3) years of Mathematics plus one advanced level Mathematics course

  • Two (2) STEAM-related Field Academy courses

  • Completion of STEAM-related Modernity Project (grade 11)

  • Completion of STEAM-related Senior Project (grade 12)

  • Portfolio of projects and experiences maintained by student

  • Three (3) required trimester-long elective courses:

    • Design Thinking and Materials

    • Future Technologies

    • Principles of Social Entrepreneurship

  • Six (6) trimesters of specialized electives

Female STEAM Innovation Lab student connecting a circuit board to a device with multiple wires.
Two Ross STEAM Innovation Lab students seated at a table, one making adjustments to a microscope and the other preparing a specimen slide.

Specialized Electives

  • Advanced Architecture

  • Advanced Biology

  • Advanced Calculus AB

  • Advanced Calculus BC

  • Advanced Chemistry

  • Advanced Digital Arts

  • Advanced Environmental Science

  • Advanced Metal and Wood Fabrication

  • Advanced Physics

  • Advanced Statistics

  • Advanced Studio Art

  • Advanced Topics in Media

  • Architecture

  • Digital Arts

  • Documentary Film

  • Film Production I

  • Film Production II

  • Film Production III

  • Introduction to Arduino

  • Introduction to Marine Science

  • Metal Fabrication

  • Robotics and Basic Coding

  • Social and Mobile: Web-Based Video

  • Studio Art: Mixed Media

  • Woodworking