About

Welcome to the dawn of a new era in education, where the pursuit of knowledge meets the boundless horizon of imagination. In a world characterized by rapid technological advancement, societal transformation, and global interconnectedness, the need for innovative thinking has never been more pressing. 

Brief Description 

The Innovative Minds Academy is a cutting-edge educational institution dedicated to fostering creativity, critical thinking, and innovation among its students. Founded on the belief that traditional education should be complemented by forward-thinking approaches, the academy provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages students to explore, question, and create. The curriculum at Innovative Minds Academy goes beyond conventional subjects, incorporating interdisciplinary projects and real-world applications to equip students with the skills needed to thrive in a rapidly evolving global landscape.

One of the hallmarks of the academy is its commitment to embracing emerging technologies and trends in education. Through a blend of experiential learning, project-based activities, and collaboration with industry experts, students at the Innovative Minds Academy are not only exposed to the latest advancements but are also actively involved in shaping them. The academy's emphasis on cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset prepares students to navigate uncertainties with resilience and adaptability. With a focus on fostering a passion for learning and a spirit of innovation, the Innovative Minds Academy is at the forefront of shaping the next generation of forward-thinking leaders and problem solvers.

Tech Centers, both shared-time and full-time, serve as dynamic engines for economic growth within their states and communities. These centers are instrumental in addressing the ever-evolving demands of the technology-driven landscape by providing specialized training programs. These programs are meticulously designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge required in high-tech, high-demand fields. By offering immersive training experiences, these centers not only bridge the skills gap but also contribute to the economic vitality of their regions. The emphasis on advanced credentials and degrees ensures that graduates are well-prepared and recognized in the competitive job market. As hubs of innovation and education, tech centers play a pivotal role in attracting technology companies, fostering a culture of entrepreneurship, and ultimately driving economic development in their localities.

As we embarked on this endeavor 4 years ago we were happy to offer our community a Makerspace. As we have grown and accessed the needs of our community and surrounding area we realized we were becoming so much more. We have noticed that we need to focus more on our communities educational needs, to offer classes, camps, and clubs that focus on emerging technologies and specialized jobs like Drone Piloting. We need to focus more on technology and how its exponential growth is affecting the jobs of tomorrow while also offering the “old” trades like plumbing, HVAC, and electrical.”

At Innovative Minds Academy, our mission is to empower and inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders. We are committed to providing a transformative educational experience that nurtures creativity, fosters critical thinking, and cultivates a passion for lifelong learning. Through a dynamic and inclusive learning environment, we strive to equip our students with the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world. We are dedicated to fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and global citizenship, empowering our students to make a positive impact on their communities and contribute to a brighter future for all. 

At the Innovative Minds Academy, we believe that the ideal student is anyone with a genuine thirst for knowledge and a commitment to personal and professional growth. Whether you find yourself navigating the challenges of homeschooling, grade school, middle school, high school, college, contemplating a career shift, or a military veteran looking to embark on a new educational journey, our doors are wide open for you. Our commitment to inclusivity extends to individuals of all backgrounds and life stages, fostering an environment where diverse perspectives and experiences are valued. If you're someone who is eager to learn, adapt, and embrace new opportunities, then you are the ideal student for the Innovative Minds Academy. Join us on a transformative educational voyage where curiosity is celebrated, and the pursuit of knowledge knows no boundaries. 

Looking for a learning environment that helps cultivate your creative and critical thinking skills?

Innovative Minds Academy in Frankfort, Kentucky has the perfect solution! Our comprehensive curriculum and cutting-edge resources provide students with engaging activities that challenge them to explore their passions, develop problem solving skills, collaboration abilities, and an ever-important growth mindset. We strive to ensure our expansive academy balances rigorous academics with relevant real world projects.

With guidance from expert educators and inclusive classroom settings, students at Innovative Minds Academy are encouraged to take risks in order to unlock the boundless potential of their imagination. At Innovative Minds Academy we believe that creativity will help minds of all ages develop into inspired innovators who can make a positive impact on their communities and beyond.

In an increasingly technology-driven world, Kentucky and our nation continue to face a crisis in our student's performance and participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), creating a talent shortage. Our programs, events, and outreach activities inspire local youth to pursue STEM careers and provide a pipeline of talent to businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. Our rich history and strong partnerships with STEM employers and educators make us uniquely poised to influence the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators.

The Innovative Minds Academy has implemented a College system which strongly categorizes courses, and weakly categorizes faculty members and students. The four Colleges (College of Inquiry, College of Innovation, College of Presentation, College of Sustainability) identify the purpose of the skill sets acquired in each College, and the constituent divisions identify the skill sets themselves. Each course is identified by a division within a College. E.g. Video Game Production is in the Division of Automation in the College of Innovation, and faculty members will be associated with the divisions and Colleges of the courses they teach. Students will be electively associated with a College, identifying their preference over project focus, and also identifying which faculty members will be serving as their advisors. Projects will be publicized through each of the involved Colleges, each with a separate focus on the relevant aspects of the project.

Drone Flight School - Our goal at the Drone Flight School is to re-introduce students to a STEM learning experience using DRONE technology. In this program, students will learn STEM concepts through a problem-based learning experience. Students will be introduced to real world problems and explore the solutions that drone technology provides. They will learn about forestry and timber, mapping and construction, public safety, energy, agriculture, and cinematography.  Students will learn how to use drones as tools. 

At the core of the Innovative Minds Academy lies its innovative curriculum, meticulously crafted to develop well-rounded students with a deep understanding of various disciplines. The curriculum integrates a diverse range of subjects, including science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), fostering interdisciplinary thinking and problem-solving skills. Through project-based learning and real-world applications, students at the Innovative Minds Academy not only gain theoretical knowledge but also develop practical skills that are essential for success in the modern world.

The innovative curriculum at the Innovative Minds Academy goes beyond traditional subjects, offering classes that empower students with practical knowledge, critical thinking abilities, and a passion for lifelong learning. These classes provide students with hands-on experiences, allowing them to apply their skills and knowledge in real-world contexts. Through project-based learning and a focus on STEAM education, the Innovative Minds Academy nurtures well-rounded students who are prepared to thrive in a rapidly changing world, where interdisciplinary thinking, problem-solving skills, and entrepreneurial mindsets are in high demand.

What is STEAM? STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Though it seems like a compilation of five academic fields, it is really an educational approach to teaching and learning STEM subjects through the arts. Basically, it intentionally integrates academic studies with arts disciplines.  

What is STEAM Education? Before STEAM education, there was STEM education, which mainly focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. But then problems arose and many parents, as well as students, realized that STEM was not enough for their kids’ well-rounded development. The emphasis that schools placed upon STEM did not lead to those dazzling results they’d hoped for, which is when educators started to include the arts as an inseparable component of the educational approach.

With that being said, the idea is not about giving equal or greater time to STEM or the arts. Instead, STEAM (after adding Arts into STEM) education aims to incorporate artistic topics, skills, and ways of thinking to teaching and learning technical subjects.

Are you looking to get your kids involved in tech activities? 

Innovative Mins Academy offers a wide variety of tech-oriented clubs and leagues that will engage your child’s creativity. We have esports, drone league racing, 3D printing club, coding club and robotics club – there’s something for everyone! Our programs are designed to help children develop the skills they need to thrive in today's technology-driven world.

You can be sure that your child will have an exciting learning experience while having fun with peers who share their interests and passions. They'll learn valuable problem-solving skills along with becoming more confident using technology. Plus, our friendly staff is always on hand ready to offer support when needed so everyone feels welcome and supported.

Sign up will open soon at this website and give your kids a great educational opportunity!

For more information visit our website at www.InnovativeMindsAcademy.org or call Jason Allen at 502-401-9300.

General Information

OFFICE HOURS:

MONDAY - THURSDAY: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.
FRIDAY: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
SATURDAY and SUNDAY: By appointment only!


Check the Calendar for upcoming classes, events, and to schedule an appointment.


This schedule may be adjusted around holidays and breaks.

SERVICES:

The IMA Tech Center is a resource that provides the following resources to our members:



The IMA Technology Center is able to provide quick and knowledgeable assistance to students and members who have questions or difficulties with any of the services we offer.