Collaborative Design Lab
Thayer Academy’s new Collaborative Design Lab (CDL) provides a rigorous academic challenge while encouraging group work and finding creative solutions to problems. The new lab space is an area where students can share ideas and bring them to life with state-of-the-art tools such as a 3-D printer, vinyl cutter and laser cutter, and faculty encourage students to be creative and thoughtful in their research and preparation. If the need arises for another tool or piece of equipment it can be obtained for student use. This cross-disciplinary program fosters creativity and problem solving within a group—skills that will certainly prove useful in the years to come after Thayer.
This one semester course introduces students to group work in problem-solving and independent thinking. Small teams of students will be assigned a variety of tasks where they will have to determine the best course of action to accomplish their goal. Using a variety of tools and materials, teams will strategize, create, design, invent and learn. This course does not fulfill the science requirement for graduation. It is a pass/fail course. May be taken for one semester or two, meets 2 times per week.