At Open Window School, students experience technology as both a tool and a creative springboard to innovation. The Lower School innovation and technology curriculum is dynamic and agile, continuously evolving to keep up with the latest developments. Our Lower School Innovation & Technology Lab is a unique environment where students come together to create, invent, tinker, explore, and discover.
Currently, students learn robotics with innovative technology tools like BeeBots, Cubelets, Dash and Dot, Lego WeDo, MakeBlocks, Sphero, Ozobots, and Lego Mindstorms EV3. They also experience engineering through building complex circuits using our full library of LittleBits electronics. Students learn computer programming skills using software tools such as Scratch, Hopscotch, Tynker, and Code Studio. Our fully outfitted fabrication studio allows students to create 3D designs in modeling programs like TinkerCad for printing on our 3D printers, and 2D files in Adobe Illustrator for cutting on our laser cutter. Media production skills are practiced using digital production tools like Wixie and GoAnimate in our green screen studio. Students become responsible digital citizens through Common Sense Media’s Digital Passport program, and keyboarding skills are developed with the web-based typing program Type to Learn.
In addition to scheduled technology classes, the Lower School Innovation & Technology Lab is also home to collaborative interdisciplinary projects in cooperation with homeroom teachers. Whether coding a travel website or learning about soundwaves by building their own working instruments, design thinking and innovation are a daily part of the Lower School technology experience at Open Window School!