STEAM at FCS
With approximately 6,800 square feet of space, the newly designed CID includes studios for design and prototyping, fabrication, technology and robotics, and the storage and finishing of student projects.
This groundbreaking space designed specifically for children in Nursery to Grade five opened on October 21, 2016. A cutting-edge facility, it is equipped with four themed Maker studios: Natural Sciences, Media/Computing, Fabrication, and Design.
Maker education is grounded in the tradition of constructionism, which believes that we learn best by building knowledge through experience, not through transmission and assimilation (think sage on a stage). When we engage with tools, materials, and each other in the process of building objects, we develop personal and lasting knowledge. Furthermore, the objects created become richly imbued with meaning and information that we can come back to again and again.
So what does a religion founded in 17th century England and Making have in common? Simply put, both believe in the primacy of questions over answers. Not simple questions with simple answers, but complex ones that challenge us to investigate, explore, and grow. In the language of the maker movement we call these types of questions inquiries; within Quakerism they are called simply queries. Queries guide our thoughts and actions, help us to see the truth and value in another's perspective, and empower everyone to contribute to the work of peacefully transforming the world.