PRISM at Dublin
PRISM stands for Programming, Robotics, Imagination, Science & Math. We focus on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively. PRISM is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is coupled with hands-on, problem-based learning.
Our PRISM program goes beyond the mere transfer of knowledge. It engages students and equips them with critical thinking and problem solving. Our students engage in real world solutions to real world problems. Whether that be in "teaching" a robot to react to its environment, designing and building an electric car, analyzing and recommending the best heating source for new campus buildings or studying marine life by building a submersible vehicle, Dublin students are offered the opportunity to discover the intellectual excitement of conceptualizing and developing something new.
Foundational to our program is a heavy investment in technology education. We offer a wide variety of courses from Electronics and Circuitry to Network Security and Engineering Design and iDesign. We focus on "real world" projects and couple individual learning with imagination and group work. Our robotics program allows students to work together on the challenge of building a robot from scratch and programming it to perform a specific task for the FIRST Robotics Competition.
We have built upon our distinctive technology program in order to explore the increasingly blurred lines between science, technology and math. For instance, we are working on ensuring that all students have a basic proficiency with programming by infusing it into Math courses. Science courses utilize technology for data analysis and to design and prototype inventions using 3-D printers.
Central to everything we do in this area is a heavy reliance on taking full advantage of our surroundings and physical resources. The Perkin Observatory allows students to learn about science's greatest mysteries and acquire skills in astro-imaging. Math and Science combine in a variety of projects such as finding the slope of our ski courses, filming and graphing the arc of a projectile, using bicycles in Math class, measuring the differing temperature gradients in a snowbank or exploring the various eco-environments of our campus.