Signature Programs

Design Thinking & Computing

Norfolk Collegiate's Design Thinking and Computing program develops 21st Century thinking, analysis, coding and programming skills for all of our students Pre-K through Grade 12. From MakerLabs in all three divisions and purposeful integration of instructional technology across the curriculum to our 1:1 iPad® program and rich array of coding and programming courses, technology is an important part of creating thinkers, doers and explorers at Collegiate.
At the lower school, our youngest Oaks learn keyboarding, coding and computing through dedicated, age-appropriate technology resource classes held in our Mac and PC labs, as well as through cross-curricular projects that take place in our MakerLab. Using tools like 3-D printers, Makey Makey kits, Spero robots, and Lego robotics sets, students explore engineering and computing as they create working robots and coding applications for a variety of class projects.

In our middle school, our 1:1 iPad® program, MakerLab, and coding and design thinking courses allow students to continue to develop their skills. In addition to a coding course required for all sixth graders, middle school students can choose to explore design thinking, computing and engineering through dedicated courses at each grade level, project-based learning across the curriculum, and extracurricular activities like our award-winning Lego Robotics team.

Upper school students can choose from a variety of design thinking and computing courses that capitalize on our two computer labs and the largest of our state-of-the-art MakerLabs, which is equipped with multiple 3-D printers and an array of power tools, robotics and engineering components and a full scene shop. Courses range from introductory computer science to theatrical production, website design, and CAD, culminating in more advanced offerings like advanced computing and game development and AP Computer Science Principles. In addition, students use these facilities to create school publications, specialized labs and projects for courses across the curriculum and sets for all of our plays and musicals throughout the year.

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    Melissa Economou 

    Lower School Science Teacher
    Old Dominion University BS, MA
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    Brendan Hoyle 

    Director of Arts and Innovation

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