The Beard Center For Innovation
Made possible by a gift from longtime benefactor, the late Midge Beard Price, the Beard Center for Innovation (BCI) combines technology, space, and opportunities for collaboration into a learning experience that yields greater engagement and deeper understanding for students. The Beard Center is comprised of an innovation lab for idea development and a state-of-the-art makerspace fully stocked with prototyping materials and manufacturing technologies.
The BCI opens up to the Roberts Family Library, enabling students to move from idea generation and collaboration to making, then to an area for thoughtful reflection, and then right into an area for traditional modes of academic work and research, all in one continuous space.
Faculty across the school pilot and design various programs and classes for all grade levels. The Beard Center provides a hub for these innovative teaching and learning initiatives, which are centered on project-based learning and a collaborative, creative, problem-solving process.
From the moment we arrive, students are planning, inventing, questioning, making mistakes, learning from mistakes, and taking ownership of their ideas and outcomes.
– Marnie McDonald, 3rd Grade Teacher
The Beard Center is an incredible place because it combines the classroom experience with a fun, new, hands-on way to learn.
– Harry Mirabile '20
Est. September 19, 2015
Students have access to 3D printers, CAD software, a laser cutter, a pro-quality photo printer, robotic components, and prototyping materials.
Reflection and Teamwork
Modular furniture and wall panels in the BCI are movable to create a personal workspace, a spot for quiet contemplation, or a larger space for group projects.