A keystone of our technology program is the de Ramel InnovationLab, where students create innovative projects using our growing collection of high tech equipment (3D printer, vinyl printer, video software, Raspberry Pi computer boards) and familiar low tech materials (paper, cardboard, Legos, wood, cloth, plastic). Students use the MakerLab tools to explore, research, and create an unlimited range of technology driven projects.
Currently, St. Michael’s has four small technology spaces – a MakerLab and Tech Lab in the Van Buren Building, a Lower School Tech space in the Mason House, and a tech room in the Rose Canepari Library. While these locations provide ample opportunity for our students to experience the tech program, our goal is to combine these resources into on Innovation Lab Center.
The new space will connect two classes and provide significant tools and materials to expand the repertoire of technical skills and project presentation for all of our students.
Students can be seen in the MakerLab designing and creating website to sell T-shirts, writing and filming a Claymation video, programming a computer simulation, or researching and designing a new wearable technology. Projects are limited only by imagination and a student’s interest in exploring new ideas.
Sample Innovation Project
The Boat Build project is an introduction to 3D printing with purpose. Rather than just printing plastic pieces, the students design and print something that is created with intention and use. Students have the ability to test and redesign the prototype based on data and ultimately, the contest at the end determines the project’s success.
Boat is printed, but how can it propel the forward?
3D Design Software
The ultimate goal of this project is to offer specialized classes with the intention of integrating them into standard classroom curriculum.