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Open House to Showcase New Creative Spaces for Student Learning
Open House to Showcase New Creative Spaces for Student Learning
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Providence Day School is hosting an open house to celebrate
the newly renovated academic space in the Thompson-Jones Library and
the Makerspace in the Dickson-Hemby Technology Center 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22.

Providence Day School is hosting an open house event to celebrate 
the newly renovated academic space in the Thompson-Jones Library and 
the new Makerspace in the Dickson-Hemby Technology Center.

The event takes place 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22. Ribbon cutting and remarks will be held
on the second floor of the Thompson-Jones Library.

On the library's second floor, the Middle/Upper School section was revitalized as a “learning commons” that invites and encourages active use. The desire was to create a hub for students where they could interact with each other, their teachers and librarians.

As such, the library was revitalized so it was more than a "book vault." It is now a mixed-use space for inquiry, research, resources — print and electronic — collaboration, communication, critical thinking, digital citizenship, global connections, literature, media, creativity and technology, all under one roof.

The Makerspace is a place for students to gather to create, invent and learn using 3D printers, software, electronics, crafts and hardware supplies and tools for hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education. It is another exceptional way to create opportunities for students to apply their learning to real-world problem solving.

Using simple tools like hammer, pliers and screwdrivers to more complex tools like laser cutters, 3D printers and Arduinos, students design, prototype and then build their own solutions. Concepts from standard curricular areas such as math, science and history become tangible in this setting. (Imagine a student’s research paper on civil war weaponry is submitted accompanied by a replica of a civil war cannon built to scale and printed on a 3D printer.)

The community is invited to attend the open house; a response is not needed to participate.