Across the country, innovators are making things, fixing things, and building new things using repurposed materials, old-fashioned tools, and cutting-edge technology. (Remember how Apple computer got its start?) Universities such as MIT and Stanford have started looking at Maker Portfolios that showcase the inventiveness of high school students.
At Riverdale, this culture is thriving.
Junk never looks the same once you've learned how to weld.JOSH MERROWUpper School Art Teacher and STEM Integrator
Students have the opportunity to take a design concept and see it through to reality using 3-D printers and computer-controlled fabrication technology as well as the traditional tools such as drills, saws, and wrenches. They have fashioned working bicycles out of junk parts, 3-dimensional objects out of cardboard, and functional furniture out of wood.
On the Hill Campus, a Maker way of thinking is permeating throughout the school. The art building holds classes in sculpture and design engineering where this work naturally occurs, but it also happens in other subjects and in other spaces. A specially-equipped maker cart can bring a workshop to any class, indoors or out, that wants to explore ideas by building. And students are encouraged to develop independent study projects in which they design and build their ideas. The annual Lindy 500 kinetic sculpture race features student-designed, engineered, and operated projects.
2017 Lindy 500
Josh Merrow and Jason Ruff, Upper School art teachers and the emcees of the Lindy 500, talk about the creativity that goes into the event.
In this class, students incorporate math, design, and engineering in their projects.