Innovation meets history in the Linden Hall Makerspace. Whether using the Makerspace for an engineering or robotics class, projects across all subject areas, or coding club, students create, solve problems, and learn in a hands-on environment.

Entering the building brings an immediate sense of history; the structure was built in 1794 as the campus Wash House, and subsequently housed Linden Hall’s library and school store.

Inside, two stories of work space, equipment, and supplies await. On the top floor, a former industrial-size washtub repurposed as a cozy group seating area sits beside a Tech Lab of 12 iMacs and the green screen area, which is available for teachers and students to produce videos. Easily accessible outdoor areas allow for testing projects — such as launching rockets!

In the Makerspace, students learn to use tools such as the 3D printer, power drill, miter saw, soldering iron, and sewing machine. Lego Mindstorm Robotics, Parrot Drones, LittleBits, and Arduino kits are used to integrate technology into a variety of content areas. Recent cross-curricular uses have included a French class creating weather videos, an English class 3D-printing objects that they had invented and written about as part of a nonfiction unit, and photography students editing photos in the technology lab.

Most importantly, the Makerspace is growing and changing constantly as we add new technology and supplies, and develop new projects.