TechLAB 1

Program Overview

The name TechLAB stands for the three subjects that are covered by this hybrid program: ADST (Applied Design, Skills, and Technology), English Language Arts, and Bible. Put those together, and you get TechLAB.

Technology is the focus of TechLAB, with students learning about coding, robotics, electronics, and how to use online programs and tools. But the awesome thing about TechLAB, is that students will also complete their English Language Arts and Bible requirements while creating projects, following instructions, making presentations, reading a futuristic novel, considering poetry written by bots, researching the ethics of AI and global technology issues, and more. TechLAB has been designed for students who love technology. If your child struggles with motivation to read, write, or engage thoughtfully with their schoolwork, the topics and assignments in TechLAB will grab their attention as they think about the future, the world, and technology. Furthermore, many assignments in TechLAB are submitted in video format, to help students learn and grow in verbal communication skills related to technology.

TechLAB encourages students to think of their role in the world and body of Christ as creative people, made in the image of God. Students will read and write about God the Father as creator, the Holy Spirit who lives within us, and Jesus and the power of his grace. Stewardship and ethics are touched on several times throughout the year. Each week, there is an optional class meeting on Zoom, where students will discuss technology and current events, tackle coding problems together, pray for needs and encourage each other, and can ask questions about the course material and get help with projects and lessons. These meetings are intended to enrich your student’s learning and provide additional support. Student attendance is not required. The day and time of the week for these meetings will be chosen early in September, based on the preferences and availability of the students in the class.

The world is becoming increasingly technological. TechLAB will help to prepare your student to be a thoughtful and skilled participant in the digital world that is emerging.

Technology Modules

Students will choose three of the following ADST Modules:

  • Skills for Online Success
  • Lego Robotics 1
  • Lego Robotics 2
  • Levelled Coding with Tynker
  • Arduino 1

Core Modules

These modules are required:

  • Getting Started
  • Coding and Poetry
  • Novel Study
  • The Designer’s Toolbox
  • Designer Biographies
  • Technology and the Future: Essay Writing


Time Commitment:

TechLAB covers the requirements for three subjects in one hybrid program. As a result, TechLAB requires a significant commitment of time and energy. Students should plan to work on TechLAB for 4-6 hours per week, for 28 weeks. However, working with Lego and coding can be great fun and can result in many extra hours being spent on difficult project ideas. The results can be amazing!


  • Students who choose the Arduino tech module will need to purchase the Arduino Starter Kit (approximately $125). Students can use curriculum funds to purchase the Arduino Starter Kit.
  • Students who choose one of the Lego Robotics tech modules will be able to reserve one of our Lego Kits for 8 weeks during the year. These are booked by emailing the course teacher.
  • Computer Requirements: Students will need to have a computer with a webcam and headset. Mac or PC will work. TechLAB works best with computers that are kept up to date. Students working with an old computer that no longer receives recommended updates will probably run into technological difficulties. A high speed internet connection is required.


Contact Mark Lamden at mlamden @ onlineschool.ca for more information.

Enrollment Information

Enrollment Options

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  • An enrolled HCOS student

    If your child is already an enrolled HCOS student, you can add a new online course in your parent Encom account. Here are the steps to do this:

    1. Sign into Encom: encom.onlineschool.ca
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    3. This will show you all of the courses that are available. If you do not see a specific course that you were looking for, please contact your individual teacher (grades 5-9) or regional grad advisor (grades 10-12).
  • A new student wishing to enroll with HCOS

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    Once you have completed this process, you will receive an email with your username and password for Encom. Then follow the steps for an enrolled HCOS student to add new courses.

  • Attending another school, but wishes to take an HCOS course

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