Maker Culture

Our new electric car.

Our new electric car.

I am excited that Dublin School seems particularly well positioned to take advantage of the evolving "maker" culture in our country. People everywhere are creating maker spaces where people can build just about anything imaginable using modern rapid prototyping technologies like three dimensional printers and old fashioned technologies like wood and metal cutting machines. This morning I looked up from my desk and saw Dean of Students Simon McFall and junior Maggie Ferguson zipping by in a brand new electric car Maggie had built with Dieter Brehm, Adam Goldsmith and Jason Cox as part of an independent study in our Technology Department. Yesterday I met with Will Hamer who recently built an arcade system for the Spencer Student Center (I will post a video of Will's story soon). Junior Kate Fulshaw designed a scarf that is fully programmable--can't wait to see what that looks like! In short, kids seem to be making all kinds of great things around campus this year.

Robotics team with school architects.

Robotics team with school architects.

To support the maker culture on campus we are looking to create a maker space at the school. To get started in the planning we had a group of our robotics team students and mentors meet with our architects, Karen Moore and Randall Imai of Imai, Keller Moore in Boston. Mr. Imai does our campus planning and designed both the Fountain Arts and Gillespie buildings. The architects were impressed with the ideas and questions of our students--they seemed to know exactly how much power, ventilation, and space they needed to create their technical contraptions. I personally love getting the student voice involved in the design process. We went through a similar process when designing the Monadnock House Dormitory and the Gillespie Building. After all, the student experience with these spaces is at the heart of their education and growth.