With the evident success and popularity of the first Innovation Lab, the Academy is developing a second iLab for the 2015-2016 school year. The SYKES Innovation Lab will be located on the second floor of the main building, and it will be a dedicated high school space. The current iLab will be reserved for middle school use. The additional lab will also allow the Innovation Fellows program to expand in both the middle and high schools.
The Academy is able to build and outfit the second iLab thanks to a $250,000 gift from Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated. SYKES, which has been a supporter of the Link Scholarship Program for the past five years, made the donation because of the company's belief in the Academy's future plans. Lance Zingale, executive vice president and general manager at SYKES, says of the gift, "SYKES firmly believes in developing and supporting the latest learning platforms and capabilities for use by individuals of all ages. We recently appointed a chief learning officer to enhance these capabilities for our employees. Our investment in the Academy's Innovation Lab fits with both this key direction of our business and SYKES' core value to give back to the Tampa Bay community."
The school will again team up with Fielding Nair International, the architectural firm behind the Master Plan and first iLab, to design and furnish the space. The Fielding Nair team will use input from the current Innovation Fellows in the design process to ensure the Academy is best meeting the needs of students and faculty.