- June 10, 2019
As the 2018/2019 academic school year is drawing to a close, we would like to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, our staff, and of our school-wide initiatives that were put in place. These exciting initiatives that enhanced the school’s curriculum were initiated to maximize student potential; we are pleased to highlight these successes.
Our new and innovative S.T.E.A.M. lab has evolved in order to bring cutting-edge technology to the hands of our students. The S.T.E.A.M. lab is continuously being equipped with innovative machines that peak student curiosity and drive learning usinga critical-thinkingand hands-on approach. During our pilot projects this year, various grade levels have had the opportunity to use and experience equipment including: a Laser-cutter, AutoCAD, Nao Robotics, and zSpace.
In Grades Six to Eight, students had the opportunity to pilot the Trotec Laser Printer and worked on aprogram called AutoCAD to design structures for printing. In a cross-curricular approach with Art and Technology, students in Grade Four transferred their hand-drawn art pieces to TinkerCAD and are printing their work on wood. Casa and Elementary classrooms have been introduced to our twonew humanoid NAO Robots. These robots are autonomous and programmable, allowing students to develop programming skills and computational thinking in an interactive manner.
In the efforts of facilitating experiential learning, our S.T.E.A.M. lab has been designed with six new pop-up computers and overhead electrical feeds to turn it into a collaborative classroom setting and interactive workspace. In the 2019-2020 school year, equipment that has been piloted by our IT Department, S.T.E.A.M. Specialist, and/or students will be introduced with curriculum connections for use in our elementary program.