center for inspiration, innovation and investigation


The Center for Inspiration, Innovation, and Investigation is an innovation lab and central maker-space for all students grades junior kindergarten through 12th grade at Columbia Independent School. The mission of the Center, also known as CI3 or “The Cube,” is to nurture and grow students’ natural curiosity through hands-on projects focusing on STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Students are given the opportunity to create, construct, and develop important skills like brainstorming, critical thinking, and collaboration. Computer-aided design, tinkering, computer programming, basic electronics, circuitry, and engineering are just a few of the ways in which this is accomplished. Students work on curriculum-based projects and also have regularly scheduled progressive learning time in The Cube throughout the school year. Additionally, clubs and independent study opportunities are available. The Cube also provides resources and space for construction events for the CIS Science Olympiad teams and for community events such as The Cardboard Challenge (the concept being similar to Caine’s Arcade) and Hour of Code.