VW eLab Spotlight: The Howard School

Updated: Apr 6, 2021

Green-powered cars, design renovations for the local city annex, trophies, and t-shirts are just a few of the many creative projects that students have been working hard on in The Howard School’s VW eLab.

Howard's VW eLab specialist, Japho Hardin, reviewing current & upcoming assignments with his students.

Howard’s VW eLab specialist, Japho Hardin, has a background in architecture + engineering and has been their VW eLab specialist for two years now. His second block students, which are comprised of their school’s Real-World Scholars group, have been creating t-shirts and selling them to students and community members. This student-run business platform, known as Howard Inc., creates their products in the VW eLab.

Examples of the Vex Robotics Competition awards created in the Howard VW eLab

Hardin said the class is starting to get into making awards, as well. At a recent Vex Robotics Competition, they needed trophies to present to winners this year. This project gave students the opportunity to create a variety of different designs, which were architecture engineering based. During the project’s phases, students had to design a prototype, ensure it functioned properly, and find out what, if anything, they would have done differently. “This project helps with their critical thinking skills, especially with robotics,” explained Hardin. They are thinking about what the manufacturer doesn’t make, and they make that. “It teaches the students persistence,” shared Hardin. “Students learn how to start a project and see it through to completion.”