Whether using iPads, laptops, robots, or simple cardboard and tape, Lower School boys have the tools they need to keep learning relevant, ongoing, and fun. Our goal in the Lower School is to use technology (with an emphasis on iPads) as a tool for learning, creating, curating, and exploring.
The Lower School technology program includes:
- Laptop carts with Chromebooks for classroom use
- Simple robotic and coding equipment in our MakerLab
- MakerSpace for hands-on creation and innovation
Boys learn design-based thinking and how to use empathy, perseverance, and critical thinking to solve various problems. During clubs, morning drop-in times, and specific classes, the boys enjoy the freedom of seeing their ideas take shape in the MakerSpace or MakerLab. However, at Gilman Lower School, "maker" is more idea than physical space. Making can happen on the playground, in the music room, or any of the many classrooms and hallways of our building. The desire to engage in a little healthy competition, wanting to help others, or just being curious are all motivators for young lower school makers.