We teach students to become creators, not just consumers; to think about the needs of themselves and others; and to hold open hearts for the possibility that they can help make the world a better place through their own thoughts and ideas. And we do it in our incredible maker space!
The Discovery Center
The Discovery Center is our maker space and cutting-edge tech lab. The goals of the program are to promote creativity, exploration, collaborative learning and innovation using traditional and 21st century tools. The center integrates multiple disciplines with a focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Our students plan, design and create authentic solutions to problems. They become designers and inventors using compassion, problem solving and critical thinking. The curriculum includes:
- programing robots
- building simple machines and structures
- creating and editing video
- photography and digital editing
- circuitry and repairing electronics
- graphic design and publication
- 3-D modeling and printing
Digital Citizenship & Information Literacy
Our students will have online lives, and we want them to understand how to be kind, responsible and ethical citizens as they move into those digital spaces! From social media and online slang to digital footprints and data mining, we guide students in all grades through conversations that help them make sense of a very abstract environment. Our program uses much of the Common Sense Media curriculum, though we incorporate other elements and flex based on the needs and readiness of the students.
In keeping with our mission, we also teach students how to behave appropriately as scholars. Developing strong skills in information literacy — how to search for and locate valid and reliable information, synthesize it with what you already know, and then apply it to solve the problems you face — helps our students with a wide range of research projects in language arts, history and science throughout their K-8 years.
Classroom Curriculum Integration
As part of our comprehensive technology program, the Discovery Center provides support for integrating technology into the core academic classrooms. Students learn essential technology tools such as word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet software. Students also use digital tools to support and enhance classroom projects, perform research and explore new concepts and ideas via computer stations, iPads, multi-media equipment and open-source software. Our faculty work collaboratively with the Technology Integration Specialist to find the best ways to bring technology into their classrooms in support of their curriculum.