The STEAMWork philosophy is to empower students to understand how their world is put together.
Students begin by examining how existing objects are designed; how an app is programmed on their phone; how a door hinge is engineered; or, how a building is laid out. They examine the design process and the choices made by a designer in order to develop a fuller understanding of how our world of designed objects works, and make informed decisions about their own designed objects. Studio projects examine issues of sustainability, how resources are used in fabrication processes, and how to become responsible 21st century makers.
Our 3D printing lab is outfitted with four 3D printers, a high-resolution 3D scanner, a laser cutting machine, a CNC router, and a digital vinyl cutter. This equipment is used by classes in all departments and across divisions for a wide variety of building projects. Recent projects have ranged from scanning and replicating fossilized woolly mammoth teeth in Biology, to designing traditional cut-paper patterns for a Spanish class Day of the Dead celebration, to engineering flotation devices in the seventh grade to 3D printing student-designed music notation devices in orchestra class.