Hammond School Unveils Innovation Center with Optimal Learning Environment and Technologies | Archive
Hammond School at Columbia unveiled a new 30,000 square foot. Center of innovation which is quite a visual spectacle both inside and out. The facility is literally a hub for technology and learning, based on architectural observations and designs from Harvard University, MIT and other prestigious colleges across the country. Every room in the building has been carefully designed – down to the amount of natural lighting – to help provide an ideal learning environment for students and a top-notch teaching environment for Hammond faculty.
Principal Chris Angel led a tour of the new facility Thursday morning, highlighting the classroom structure, state-of-the-art technology and the 24-footer. SciDome.
Angel began by showing a demonstration with a student who had learned to program and operate a small robot, attached to a whiteboard. Then he moved to a lab used by a fifth grade class.
“They (fifth graders) were asked to think about a problem they’re facing and find a way to solve it,” Angel said. He showed the group a small, round object the fifth graders had created with 3D printers, designed to store headphones so the cord wouldn’t get tangled in their book bags. “We really believe in experiential education,” he said.
The second floor of the Innovation Center features the SciDome, a 24-footer. interactive planetarium with 4K resolution. “It’s our planetarium on steroids, along with many other aspects,” Angel said. “I don’t call it a planetarium because it has so many other uses.” He showed the group a demonstration of the types of visuals the SciDome is capable of displaying. The visuals ranged from a broad view of the world, to the muscular structure of the human body, to an educational cartoon, designed for young students. Angel ended the tour by taking the group to two of the Innovation Center’s chemistry labs and biology labs.
The goal of the new building, according to Angel, was to create a space that fosters creativity and innovation for students. “This building is a wonderful step forward for Hammond,” he said. “We prepare them for college and beyond.”
Hammond School sits on a 107-acre campus off Galway Lane, with 160 faculty and staff.