Burke’s opened Makery Up and Makery Down at the start of the 2013-2014 school year. These two newly designed and equipped spaces replace our old technology labs. The goal of the Upper School technology program at Burke’s has always been to support and enhance learning in all subject areas while at the same time teaching students proficiency in computer skills and applications. With the creation of the Makeries Burke’s is able to more fully incorporate the 21st-century skills of design thinking, problem solving and critical thinking into our curriculum throughout grades K-8. Makery Up is a place for building, constructing and tinkering.
Each Makery space has an array of desktop computers, laptop computers and iPads. Makery Up has an endless and ever changing array of building supplies and equipment for electronics, basic robotics, programming, fiber arts, tinkering and making of just about anything. Makery Up also has Z-racks, moveable tables, printers, as well as 3-D printers and a CNC router; a Lasersaur lasercutter is currently under construction. Click here to learn more about the Makeries and to follow the projects being explored.
While Burke’s teachers regularly and naturally integrate technology in their classroom curriculum, a part of the program is project-based and relies on close collaboration among the Upper School teachers, the librarian and the technology resource teacher. Projects are designed so that the girls are learning new skills while exploring the wide range of hardware and software available at Burke's. To be sure the students have the equipment they need, the Upper School building has three carts of laptops. The Arts and Science building has both a cart of laptops and a full set of iPads. The world language teachers have a set of iPads as well as a set of handheld video recorders dedicated to their department.