THE URSULINE SCHOOL | 1354 North Avenue, New Rochelle NY 10804-2192 | 914-636-3950

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We teach Robotics, Engineering, and Computer Science but often lack the appropriate space for students to do these things. We also now know that when technology combines with hands-on constructing, powerful learning happens!

 

 In our new 2,070 square foot “makerspace” not only will we teach programming but also Classics students will be able to design a Greek temple, then make a model of it out of clay, or use a laser cutter to build it out of cardboard.  Science students might sew a quilt showing layers of the ocean and fish accessorized with electronic lights. English students would be able to depict a character from a novel and fashion it using a vinyl cutter controlled by a computer.  These are just a few examples. Technology and design will sweep across the curriculum!

The Innovation Hub will be staffed with a STEAM Educator (Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and equipped with:

  • 3D printer, 3D pens, 3D scanner, laser cutter, vinyl cutter.

  • Micro:bits (microcontrollers) and Raspberry Pi  (pocket-sized computers). 

  • Spheros (spherical robots controlled via smartphone using an app), Edison app-enabled robots (programmed by students using block-based coding).

  • Sewing machines, LilyPad (sewable electronics combined with traditional craft processes).

  • Building blocks (both traditional and littleBits electronic building blocks), magnetic building blocks, craft items, craft tools.

  • Laptops for coding, take-apart station (computer to disassemble and investigate).

 

“Girls who make, design, and create things with electronic tools develop stronger interest and skills in computer science and engineering.” MakerHers Reports - Engaging Girls and Women in Technology through Making, Creating and Inventing