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St. Luke's Embraces "Maker Movement" with New iLab & inkLab

July 19, 2016
By Webmaster

St. Luke’s Episcopal School has embraced the “maker movement” with their brand new iLab makerspace and inkLab communications studio. The school’s iLab opened during the fall of 2015 and the inkLab is set to open this fall.

St. Luke’s iLab is a DIY space where students gather to create, invent, and learn. The former science lab was rehabbed and expanded to include stations for woodwork, metalwork, garment construction, robotics, computer programming and 3D printing. The school recently purchased three XYZ da Vinci 3D printers that will debut once students arrive back on campus. The ‘i’ of iLab stands for the many things students can do in this space, with the first and foremost being to ideate. “This will be a place where ideas are formulated, ideas that will change the way a child experiences the world around them and may even change the world,” says St. Luke’s STEM Department Chair Suzanne Parker. “From the imaginations of children’s minds to the collaboration and creation of physical and digital artifacts, the iLab will serve to provide real world applications of science, technology, engineering, and math through project-based learning.”

St. Luke’s is excited to launch inkLab, a lab for project-based learning and real world application of communication skills.  inkLab is an incubator for ideas and inquiry, channeling communication to the school and wider community. Storytelling, blogging, broadcasting, and podcasting are examples of how the inkLab will provide students the opportunity to exchange ideas with diverse audiences and develop their personal communication style. “We feel it is imperative for students to develop their voices in an evolving and globalized world through the use of language arts and social studies skills, digital media, and technology,” says St. Luke’s faculty members Anne Burnson and Jessica Koontz.

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