Tech Lab ("Makerspace")
From Chromebooks and ipads to robots and VR headsets, we have a full complement of technology for all of our students. Here are just a few examples of the hands-on learning tools that are available:
3D Printers & Pens
OLV now has four 3D printers available to all students (with an emphasis on grades 5-8). The use of 3D printing allows young people to unleash their imagination and create objects that open the world to new ideas. Whether it is building something that already exists, or creating something new, students develop real-world skills that will be utilized as they move onto high school, college, and beyond.
While our 3D printers allow for design, problem solving, and creativity, we now have twenty (20) 3D pens that are available to all students (PK-8). They can be used to create items that are unique and incorporate inspirations with an artistic point of view.
Virtual Reality Headsets
Using a head-mounted display with a computerized headset, Virtual Reality (VR) creates a simulated environment to bring immersive reality to the user. It is a great tool to help improve the learning process by bringing a virtual world to the student. When doing a collaborative project with a class in Denmark, young people can (virtually) explore a big city like Copenhagen for themselves. Whether it is History, Geography, Technology, Religion, or Art, VR brings the real world to our students.
Little Bits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kits are intended for younger children and allow them to build an R2-D2 robot of their own using step-by-step instructions and an ipad to control the robot once it is built.
Sphere Robots teach students how to program using different coding languages and are a great step towards high school level coursework in engineering and robotics.
Vex Robotics are built and programmed for STREAM classes and competition with other schools throughout the Diocese. In addition to gaining technical skills, Vex Robotics also help young people learn how to problem solve.
Digital Media Studio
The Padcaster is a studio for recording and creating videos, newscasts, live streams, podcasts, and other projects. We have used it for monthly school newscasts and other events throughout the year.
These colorful, modular electronic parts provide all of our students with a chance to build real-world, problem-solving skills. Whether working independently or collaboratively with others, Little Bits provide a fun and creative learning environment.
Celestrone Nextra 130 Telescope
Our telescope is computerized and has a database of more than 40,000 stars, galaxies, nebulae and more. With it, students can locate any star or object with pin-point accuracy.
Does talking about tech geek you out as much as it does us? If so, feel free to contact us at (716) 828-9434 to chat more about our Tech lab and STREAM offerings or schedule a tour today to see it for yourself!