In the Maker Lab on the Hill campus, students design and fabricate an array of products, including kinetic sculptures that are raced in the annual Lindy 500. Photo by Michael Flanagan.
“I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it.” — Thomas Edison
Innovation begins with a question. Given a problem, a conflict, a set of facts, an assortment of materials, the innovator asks, why? what if? how can I do this better?
Learning and innovating go hand in hand. In the classroom and out on their own, Riverdale students are encouraged to think about designing solutions using their knowledge, skills, and life experiences.
Riverdale’s mission challenges our students to “change the world for the good.” That means thinking about what the world needs, and then how you might make a difference. We help students learn to be comfortable with change and to be an agent for change that benefits others.
To learn more about how Riverdale prepares innovators, go to the following stories and videos:
- Stagecraft: Behind the Scenes at Into The Woods
- Clifford Ross '70: Outrageous Impulse and Art
- Project Knowmad 2016
- Senior Project: Taylor's Bridge
- Senior Project: Water Purifier
- An App For That
- Design Engineering in the Upper School
- Middle School Project Week: Thinking Big, Really Big
- Build for Learning: The Lower School
- Sketch Comedy in the Middle School
- Riverdale Day of Code: Pixels Arcade
- Welcome to The Learning Complex
- Senior Project: Functional and Beautiful
- Senior Project: Painting on Faces
- Animation in Middle School Art: "Please Don't Eat Us"
- The Lindy 500 Kinetic Sculpture Race
- Middle School Project Week: Chariots Of Water