Technology & the I.D.E.A. Hub
Ursuline's Innovation lab for all things students can imagine!
Opened in 2017, the I.D.E.A. Hub offers students a space to Innovate, Design, Engage, and Apply themselves as they grow into creative problem solvers and empowered digital citizens. Using tools and technologies such as laser cutters, 3D printers, virtual reality equipment, and a range of photography and video gear, students practice generating ideas and bringing them to life while mastering new technologies.
The assets in the iHub are integrated across the curriculum so that all students have access to the space. From providing French students the experience of walking down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées using virtual reality to Visual Art and Design students transferring their designs onto wood and stone with the laser cutter, the I.D.E.A. Hub has quickly become a center of creative activity on campus!
The overarching goal of the technology curriculum is to provide the students with a basic understanding of technology and engineering design for educational and social usage. Technology curricula are always evolving to remain current with technological changes and trends. Upper level courses earn a math credit.
Through our computer science and technology curriculum, students have the opportunity to engage with coding and robotics in the lower grades and can continue to advance to more complex levels, including participating in Ursuline’s competitive robotics team, Robots in Plaid. 7th and 8th grade students build foundational coding and electrical engineering skills in an approachable, hands-on introductory course, designed to develop students’ confidence, and curiosity, as they gain technical skills.
Robotics programming is an important aspect of Ursuline Academy’s technology curriculum. Students are introduced to programming in the lower grades and can continue to advance to more complex levels to include robotics competition. Students in 7th and 8th grade can join the Junior Robotics Club, the Junior Plaids, and high school students participate in Robotics Club, also known as the Robots in Plaid.