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: 



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Bronx, NY 10471
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Riverdale teaches students to become lifelong learners by fostering "growth" mindsets. Go There ><

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The River Campus offers a spacious, natural setting for our youngest students, inspiring learning and play. Go There >

Riverdale offers "STEAM" (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) teaching to Lower School students. Go There >

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Middle School students explore hands-on learning through the Riverdale Maker program. Go There >

Project Knowmad allows Middle Schoolers to learn in a different way, using NYC as their classroom. Go There >

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