Director's Notes

About the Executive Director - Jason R. Allen

Allen is a seasoned professional with a rich background in both the operational and marketing aspects of small businesses, coupled with a track record of technical innovation in CNC machines and 3D printing for custom sign-making and prototyping. His unique strengths extend beyond technical proficiency to include a natural talent for communication, vision-building, and fostering structural innovation. Notably, Allen dedicated two and a half years to an innovative high school program in Fayette County, where he left an indelible mark on pedagogical and organizational fronts.

In the realm of pedagogical innovations, Allen developed the "5 P’s" framework, guiding students through Proposal, Pattern-Making, Prototyping, Production, and Presentation. He also pioneered community-engaged learning, encouraging real-world problem-solving and collaboration. Additionally, Allen introduced models of student leadership, emphasizing specialization within project teams and promoting high levels of responsibility.

On the organizational front, Allen led key structural changes at The Learning Center, reorganizing it into departments based on end-product form. He spearheaded the "Department of Innovation," featuring co-located classrooms for different innovation phases. Allen connected student roles directly to project completion, fostering a sense of community responsibility. Regular showcases highlighted student projects, reinforcing community engagement and accountability.

Allen's talent for forging connections and communicating vision is evident in his success securing donations and partnerships, including 3D printers, CNC machines, and collaborations with entities like the University of Kentucky Solar Car Team and Microsoft. His unique blend of technical and cultural innovation is showcased through his involvement in artistic and product development work, emphasizing a holistic approach to community-focused projects and education. Allen's accomplishments highlight both technical expertise and a deep understanding of effective teamwork and relationship-building.

From Franklin Center For Innovation Makerspace to Innovative Minds Academy Tech Center

Navigating Community Growth and Technological Evolution

In the last four years, the journey of establishing a Makerspace for our community has been nothing short of transformative. As I reflect on this endeavor from the director's desk, I am delighted to witness the evolution of our organization into a multifaceted hub. What began as a Makerspace has grown into something much larger, prompting us to reevaluate and adapt to the changing needs of our community and its surroundings. We recognize the responsibility to address the educational needs of our residents, which goes beyond providing a space for creative expression.

Our commitment to community growth has led us to a realization: we must become an active player in shaping the educational landscape. To that end, we are reorienting our focus towards offering a diverse range of classes, camps, and clubs that cater to emerging technologies and specialized professions. One such example is our newfound emphasis on Drone Piloting, acknowledging the rising importance of this skill in today's job market. Simultaneously, we recognize the enduring significance of traditional trades like plumbing, HVAC, and electrical work. As we navigate the ever-changing terrain of technology and its exponential growth, we are equally dedicated to preserving and promoting the timeless value of these "old" trades.

The paradigm shift in our mission aligns with the dynamic nature of our world, where technological advancements are reshaping the employment landscape. It is our duty to equip our community with the tools and knowledge necessary to thrive in this evolving environment. By embracing both the cutting-edge and the time-tested, we aspire to become a cornerstone for education, innovation, and community development. As we look forward, we remain committed to fostering an environment where learning, creativity, and skill-building converge for the betterment of our community and beyond.

The Rocketeers

The Rocketeers, the emblematic mascot of Innovative Minds Academy, embody a spirit of boundless exploration and ingenuity. Representing a community of forward-thinkers, the Rocketeers symbolize the school's commitment to nurturing innovative minds and propelling them towards new horizons. With a sleek and dynamic design, the Rocketeers inspire students to reach for the stars and embrace challenges with tenacity and creativity. Whether in academics, arts, or space exploration, the Rocketeers instill a sense of adventure and curiosity, fostering a culture where students are encouraged to push boundaries and soar to greater heights. As the embodiment of the school's ethos, the Rocketeers ignite a passion for discovery and a commitment to excellence, shaping tomorrow's leaders and innovators. 

Innovative Minds Academy: Set to Open its Doors in Spring of 2025

Frankfort, Kentucky – March 30, 2024 – The future of education is about to take a revolutionary leap forward with the grand opening of Innovative Minds Academy in Frankfort, Kentucky next spring. This groundbreaking educational institution aims to redefine the way we think about learning, creativity, and innovation.

Innovative Minds Academy is not just another school; it's a dynamic ecosystem designed to cultivate the next generation of creative thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders. Through a fusion of cutting-edge pedagogy, state-of-the-art facilities, and a commitment to nurturing individual talents, the academy promises to be a beacon of innovation in the educational landscape.

"We are thrilled to announce the launch of Innovative Minds Academy, a place where imagination knows no bounds, and every student is empowered to explore, experiment, and excel," said Jason Allen, Founder and Executive Director of Innovative Minds Academy. "Our mission is to ignite the spark of curiosity within each student, equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and mindset needed to thrive in an ever-evolving world."

At Innovative Minds Academy, students will embark on a transformative educational journey that integrates STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) disciplines with real-world applications. The curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity, preparing students to tackle the complex challenges of the 21st century with confidence and ingenuity.

Key highlights of Innovative Minds Academy include:

"We believe that education is not just about imparting knowledge; it's about nurturing a lifelong love for learning and empowering students to become active participants in shaping their futures," added Allen.

Innovative Minds Academy is now accepting applications for the spring semester of 2025. Parents, students, and educators who are interested in experiencing the future of education are encouraged to visit for more information and to schedule a tour.

About Innovative Minds Academy:

Innovative Minds Academy is a pioneering educational institution dedicated to fostering creativity, innovation, and excellence in education. Through a transformative learning experience that integrates STEAM disciplines with real-world applications, the academy empowers students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders in an ever-changing world. For more information, visit


Jason Allen

Founder/Executive Director

Innovative Minds Academy


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