Yesterday I had the pleasure of touring with Dr. Paulo Goes, the newly appointed Dean of the Eller College of Business, across campus with the majority of time spent in our MIT Fabrication Lab. Dr. Goes listened to 8th graders explain their Tiny House project and how they were learning to empathize with their “clients” as part of the design thinking protocol they were learning. Upper School students shared examples of complex prototypes they were creating for class projects and described the speed at which they were able to ideate and improve on their products. Dr. Goes (whose niece, Julia, spent a semester with us as an international student two years ago) was very complimentary and commented….”You are pushing traditional boundaries and are way ahead in giving students the tools and skills they need for this century. We are looking to create this very type of learning space at the university in our top-ranked McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.”
Our fabrication lab is the visual reminder of the school-wide efforts to inspire learning in multiple ways:
- to make intentional connections for students across academic disciplines so they become capable of identifying, understanding, applying and creating interdisciplinary concepts,
- to celebrate teachers and students working side by side while researching, creating, exploring and questioning together,
- to foster entrepreneurial scholars who have opportunities to pioneer new knowledge, develop discoveries, and learn how to protect the intellectual property they’ve created, and
- to uphold the belief that all of our students will do great things and make unique contributions to the world.
We will continue to set exceptionally high expectations for each and every student as well as for the professional staff who create and facilitate these incredible academic experiences. This week’s newsletter is further testimony to the work our students are doing here at school and throughout the Tucson community. Whether showcasing artistic talents at the Fine Arts Festival, reaching out as volunteers with Tucson’s senior citizens via the TMC CyberSeniors program, or being recognized as scholar athletes, TGS students are emulating what is a universal wish for all young people: to work hard, learn deeply, give unselfishly, and dream big!
For further evidence that we are indeed on the right track and moving forward, I encourage you to visit the following links:
We welcome your comments and involvement. We also look forward to reporting back to you regarding the interim week projects and travel that students have embarked on this week. Best wishes for a beautiful October weekend in Tucson. Don’t forget that the annual Rotary Car Show is tomorrow, October 15th, on our campus!
Julie A. Sherrill, Ph.D.
Head of School
The Gregory School is a place that is transforming learning and transforming students' lives. Gregory students lead institutions, they found movements, they invent technology, they run cities. Students leave TGS with a sense of agency; they believe they can change the world for the better and it is our aim to ensure we give them the knowledge, skills, experiences and confidence to do so.Dr. Julie Sherrill