Middle School Technology

In Middle School, girls build off of the foundational technology skills they learned in lower school.  1:1 As a part of the 1:1 device program, each student is equipped with a Google Chromebook to use throughout their school day, while students in grade 8 have the privilege of taking the devices home.

Examples in the Middle School

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  • Grade 5

    In Middle School, yearlong computer science classes are required for every student in grades 5 and 6. In grade 5, the focus is on creative programming and learning the basic vocabulary associated with computer science and programming. Students are introduced to Scratch, a coding program that helps students create characters called sprites. Students then use the program’s drag-and-drop technology to piece together different word blocks that allow their sprite to perform a variety of actions.
  • Grade 6

    In grade 6, computer science focuses on game making and robotics. Students work with MaKey MaKey, a program that uses circuit boards to create game controllers. Later in the year, students are introduced to robotics through the Hummingbird Robotics Kit, created by Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab. Using these kits, which combine robotic components such as motors and lights with craft materials, students create a small robot. They then program their robot to play a game, navigate an obstacle course, or pick up and move a small object.
  • Mobile Robotics

    In grades 7 and 8, students may take the Mobile Robotics elective. In this elective, students explore LEGO MINDSTORM EV3 kits and LEGO Education software. Students work in small groups to design and build a robot that they then program using symbol-based blocks with drag-and-drop technology to solve problems or complete a challenge.
  • FIRST LEGO League

    Another STEM-related opportunity Middle School students have is to join the FIRST LEGO League Robotics team: STEAM Powered Girls. The team builds and programs a robot using LEGO MINDSTORM to successfully complete as many challenges on a pre-designed map as possible. The girls then attend the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition where they compete against up to 100 teams from across Southwestern Pennsylvania in a variety of categories.

Technology Spaces

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  • Lower School Computer Lab

    Lower School students have access to the Lower School Tech Lab. The iMac desktop computers in the Lower School are used regularly to play educational games, practice keyboarding, and further develop problem-solving skills through the use of basic coding programs. Grade 4 students also film the weekly Lower School Video Podcast in the Tech Lab using iMovie on iPads.
  • Middle School Computer Lab

    Middle School girls have access to a Lenovo PC computer lab where they challenge themselves through the exploration of robotics, computer programming, computer circuitry, and other engineering and prototyping technologies.
  • The Active Classroom

    In the Upper School, the Active Classroom has movable desks, Lenovo tablets, projectors, desktop computers, a 3D printer, and hand tools, all of which students use to solve problems and engineer prototypes.
  • The Foundry

    The Foundry is a designated space on campus devoted to STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics—and maker education methods and tools. It is the only all-girls, student-run fabrication lab in the region.

    Technology in the Foundry includes:
    • Apple iMac & Mac mini Desktop computers
    • MakerGear M2 3D printers
    • US Cutter 68” Titan 3 Vinyl cutter
    • Three Silhouette America Tabletop vinyl cutter
    • BoXZY 3 in 1: laser etcher, milling machine, 3D printer
    • PowerPress Heat Press
    • Cubify Sense 3D scanner
    • Glowforge Portable laser cutter