Another way Norfolk Collegiate creates doers, thinkers and explores is through our MakerLabs. These dedicated community innovation hubs provide hands-on, innovative learning. The dedicated STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) spaces are located in the lower school, middle school and upper school. Each lab is equipped with age-appropriate items to encourage students to explore their passions while also providing an opportunity for them to work with emerging technologies.
New technology and other innovative items include Osmo, a unique gaming accessory for the iPad that includes coding and tangram; Ozobot, a small, smart toy robot that empowers students to code and connect the physical and digital worlds; and Makey Makey®, an invention kit that allows them to combine art and engineering with the Internet.
The three MakerLabs, one at each division, were made possible due to the generous donors who contributed to the Fund-An-Item at our 2016 auction. As the spaces continue to evolve, students and teachers are finding ways to make the classroom more engaging for today’s dynamic students. The MakerLabs are open to Collegiate families as well.