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Summit Launches Technology Enhancements

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

New Workbench in Art and Design StudioThis impressive work bench, designed and built by Dick Bourque (husband of Miss Sarah in CH1), is now installed in the Summit Art and Design Studio, and is the first step toward the creation of a “Makers Space”, one of the technology enhancements that will become an important part of the curriculum at Summit.  On a daily basis tools (hammers, screw drivers, pliers, a vise, nuts, bolts, screws and more) are arriving as part of  the collection of  materials that will now be available to students working in the design studio.  Eventually the Makers Space will include not just traditional art materials, but also wood craft materials, digital art, electronics and will be used by students in the study of interdisciplinary topics.  We envision elementary students using many different types of media to further their exploration and study.  Bringing Summit students this approach to learning, known as STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math), is  the work of The Technology Task Force.  Aided by a $25,000 restricted gift from a current family, the Task Force is working to create an environment in which our elementary students use technology as a tool to better understand the world; to creatively and collaboratively solve problems, and create new solutions.  The Task Force is broadly defining technology as including simple machines such as a drill, more complex machines, such as sewing machines; and electronics including computers, tablets, cameras, and a 3-D printer.  The Task Force envisions the STEAM program as becoming an integral part of the Montessori curriculum, not as a special.  It defines technology as a resource for investigating the world and problem solving.  We look forward to sharing more news with you as we further develop the space and the program.