On Dec. 12, 2016 the Most Reverend Archbishop Gregory Aymond blessed and dedicated The Phyllis M. Taylor Maker Lab at Mount Carmel Academy, the newest addition to our state-of-the-art school that continues to introduce students to the latest and most useful technology in the digital learning age. The Maker Lab was made possible because of a $200,000 grant from the Phyllis M. Taylor Foundation.

Equipped with 16 MakerBot Replicator 3D printers and an engraver/laser cutter, the mission of the Maker Lab is to provide a space where students from all academic mediums are encouraged to collaborate, innovate, and create. From art to math to science, ideas come to life and learning is enhanced by the 21st century tools available in the new space. The goal of this STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), rooted in religion, is to foster creativity, critical thinking skills, project-based learning, and problem solving so that regardless of the tools or technology, our learners will have the conceptual skills to be successful in their work.

“Our goal is that students have hands-on access to the most contemporary, up-to-date tools in the STEM industry,” said Jeanne Cassanova Rachuba ’00, Director of Admissions and Director of the Maker Lab.

See how physical science classes recently used the Maker Lab to design playgrounds.

See how world geography classes get a hands-on lesson using the Maker Lab.

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