Hawken is committed to nurturing students’ interests and creativity while they are young. With this priority in mind, the School decided in 2017 to convert the underutilized Brown Gym on the Lyndhurst campus into an Innovation Lab, which will be named after the Cathy and Larry Goldberg family in appreciation of their lead gift. This dedicated space for Lower and Middle School students will allow students to move beyond cardboard and markers to the latest technologies and tools and provide them with more opportunities to explore, design solutions, build working prototypes, and solve real-world problems.
In the course of the last two years, students from the Lyndhurst campus have traveled to Gates Mills to utilize the Sydell & Arnold Miller Fab Lab for special projects, and Hawken’s Director of Maker Spaces Nick DiGiorgio has taken portable equipment from Gates Mills to Lyndhurst to share with students in our Lower and Middle School divisions. This new space will house programming for all of our preschool through eighth grade students on site, providing many more opportunities for them to create, tinker, explore, and discover using a variety of tools. The facility improvements will accommodate innovative, interdisciplinary programming currently being designed by faculty members at each grade level.
The 3,600 square foot, lofted Innovation Lab will engage students in real-world projects that will inspire students to explore their own ideas, giving them permission to create, imagine, and build. This space will promote student engagement in design, robotics, computer coding, architecture, 3-D printing, engineering, sound editing, video production, and other tangible work, enabling students to produce something novel that exists in the physical world and has utility.
Students will work with programs such as Arduino, Scratch and Raspberry Pi, robots, rockets, gears, circuit boards, LED lights, sensors, motors, computer-assisted drawing software, vinyl cutters, laser cutters, CNC milling machines, 3D printers, and much more.
FEATURES OF HAWKEN’S INNOVATION LAB AT LYNDHURST
The Goldberg Family Innovation Lab will feature four distinctive learning areas in addition to the large central common space.
This space will be an enclosed project-based environment for students of all ages to actively engage in hands-on projects and collaborative STEM-based experiences. Teachers can utilize the special features of this zone for science projects; wet-lab experiments; engineering challenges; and focused class discussion, experimentation, and discovery.
The Fabrication Zone will give students access to hand tools, power tools, and workshop equipment to build larger projects. The Fabrication Zone invites kids to safely use the correct tools and materials to construct and build their designs. The space will include a CNC router as well as saws, drills, hammers, sanders and hand tools that you would find in a traditional woodshop.
This area of the Innovation Lab will allow students to transfer project ideas to the digital fabrication equipment and create 2D and 3D prototypes. Utilizing 21st century design technology, students will be able to model, print, cut, and assemble using sewing machines, a vinyl cutter, laser cutters, and 3D printers.
One feature of the Engineering Loft is the Collaboration Zone, which will be outfitted with innovative technology and flexible furniture to enhance the collaborative project experiences. The other main feature of the loft will be the Robotics Zone, where kids will get hands-on experience building and programming robots of all shapes and sizes. In the loft, students will have access to the electronics station, where they can use soldering irons, programming boards, and electrical components to create electronic circuits and prototypes.