A keystone of our technology program is the de Ramel InnovationLab, where students create innovative projects using our growing collection of high tech equipment (Glowfore Laser, 3D printers, 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.
Our students in grades 3-8 have their own Apple MacBook Air laptops that they take home every night. Having their own laptop lets them work whenever and wherever they are inspired. Students will bring their designs back to campus and bring them to life with one of our maker lab tools.
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.