Crammed into Dawson School‘s small makerspace are three 3D printers, a laser cutter, a class set of desktop computers and big stacks of cardboard and wood.
More supplies are packed into the space beneath the computers. During classes, a big table in the middle of the room is usually covered in everything from tape, felt and cardboard to glue guns and small hand saws as students work on projects. A white board wedged in a corner shows project plans. Ongoing projects are stored in the teacher’s office or a small cabinet.
By fall, the school’s 500 students should have a lot more room to create, build and explore. As the last phase of its campus expansion, the private K-12 school in Lafayette is building a 24,500-square-foot, three-floor Innovation Center.
Longtime teacher Jeff Ellenbogen recently was named the school’s innovation and technology director, while Dawson is planning…