THE SCHOOL PROVIDES A WEALTH OF TECHNOLOGICAL RESOURCES that open another world of learning for students. iPads for younger students and a one-to-one Tablet PC program for older students allow students to research topics of interest, document experiences, design ideas, and program robots. Students are actively engaged in programs that promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
A TINKER LAB, with a 3-D printer, allows students to give life to their mental ideas. Through the use of design software, students are able to construct 3-D models of what their minds have imagined, as well as design and fabricate parts for robots and other projects. Nurturing the imaginations of students is a clear focus of the program as the school educates in the art of design. There are activities, options, and opportunities for all ages or age groups. Students can experience electronics, robotics and even create clothing with LED lights! Tinkering is one of the best ways to grow creatively and let the imagination soar. The Lab is equipped with many basic areas that will grow as our students’ ideas and needs emerge.
There is a an area geared towards young learners with electronic snap circuits complete with conductors, bulbs, switches, LEDs, motors, and fans. There is a collection of supplies such as foam insulators, masking tape, and marbles which make great roller coasters from which students learn all about energy. There are weaving looms and crochet hooks, yarn, and a multitude of supplies available for tinkering. For older students, there are 2 LEGO Robotics competition tables set up complete with mats, field set-up kits, and robots. There is a micro-controller, an array of electronic supplies, and a sewing machine for 21st century fashion design including e-textiles.
The tinker lab is open to all grade levels at Berchmans Academy.
LEGO and NAO ROBOTS are an integral part of the educational program at the Academy. Students take great delight in being able to construct and program these robots to respond to their commands! Knowing that real learning takes place when students are able to construct their own learning and make sense of their surroundings, the robotics program allows students to delve deeper into scientific, engineering, and math concepts. Working as a team for competitions with the robots fosters community and creativity and develops leadership and problem-solving skills.