Imagine a green architecture course that would expand upon Chris Rowe’s architecture and Gretchen Roorbach’s environmental-science classes. Offered for credit in both science and visual arts, a green architecture class might begin with an investigation in the field, with visits to the Genzyme headquarters in Cambridge, for example, or Concord’s neighborhood of net-zero-energy homes. Back on campus, a multi-use classroom would offer the option to meet either with the full class to interact with guest architects, or to gather in smaller subgroups, where students could hammer out solutions to real-world problems. Participants would learn to navigate CAD software in a multimedia lab, then assemble prototypes of their final projects in a lab furnished with expansive tables, construction tools, a 3D printer, and of course an ample supply of cardboard and hot-glue guns.
Imagine further if CA’s buildings could offer learning opportunities in their own right, with sustainable features like a green roof or passive solar systems available for close-up student exploration. Our teachers are already thinking about the ways in which their courses could expand in spaces that are as adaptable as our thinking. With these ideas and ambitions already in place, physical upgrades will serve as the spark for the fire of creativity.
Students in the DEMONs group (which stands for dreamers, engineers, mechanics, and overt nerds) have elevated their extracurricular contributions to considerably engineered heights: Among many other projects, they have built a hovercraft, a robot, and a system that delivers river-depth measurements from the banks on campus and transmits them to the web… READ FULL STORY
Within the first weeks of CA’s inaugural engineering course, the Science Department’s Amy Kumpel distributed shoe boxes to her class containing the following items: scissors, pliers, wire cutters, jumper leads, a three-volt motor…READ FULL STORY
Students visited Pure Genius, a startup focusing on hyper-local hydroponic farming. Under the leadership of Sonia Lo ’84, Pure Genius is growing rapidly, and in speaking with Lo and her team it’s easy to understand why: Pure Genius is innovating at the intersection of powerful changes in America’s economic, environmental, and social trends… READ FULL STORY
Rain did little to dampen the festivities on Friday, October, 2, at the unveiling of create + innovate: The Centennial Campaign for Concord Academy. The groundbreaking ceremony for the CA Labs science building — the kick-off of the campaign and its first major capital project — was all about envisioning the evolution of teaching and learning…. READ FULL STORY