Academics

MakerSpace Design Lab

Innovation, entrepreneurial thinking, STEAM and design thinking are alive and thriving at Country School. 

The Amicus Foundation Innovation Space is located in the Grace House. The space, which serves students from Beginners through grade 9, is designed to promote openness, shared experiences, collaboration and rapid development from ideas to physical creations. Our students design, experiment, build and invent as they engage deeply in science, mathematics, engineering and self-expression. Students have a wealth of resources at hand in the space including iPad Pro’s with Apple pencils, several 3D printers and laser cutters, microcontrollers, fabrication technology, video production, as well as an assortment of recycled materials to spark their imaginations. Using their laptops or iPads, students run a variety of programs and Apps, which allow for 3D design, digital animation to object-based computer programming.
"Creativity, collaboration and risk-taking are at the heart of the MakerLab. We always design first, build, test and rebuild. It’s about precision and flexibility, design and function, and breaking down complex challenges into solvable parts." - Bruce Lemoine, Academic Technology Teacher

Key Skills Learned












Computer Programming:

1. Self-reliance and problem-solving through research
2. Logic including procedural thinking and boolean logic
3. Attention to detail
4. Procedural Memory

Robotics:

1. Understanding how systems work; systems thinking
2. Active learning; taking the initiative
3. Prototyping and persistance
4. Creative use of materials

3D Computer Modeling

1. Seeing from muliple perspectives
2. Re-seeing everyday objects from new perspectives
3. Procedural memory and predictive ideation


Tech/Maker News

Programs & Tools Used in the MakerLab

Kodable
Grasshopper Java Coding
Scratch
JaveScript Blocks
BlockCAD
Tinkercad
Fusion 360
Makerbot
Hummingbird Robotics
Finch Robots
Makey Makey
Micro:bit
litteBits
Bristlebots/Artbots and more …

Videos of Student Projects

    • Hummingbird Robotics - A Claw

    • The Dragon

    • The Mixing Bowl

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