Project Based Learning
Project Based Learning is an outlet for students to practice utilizing their knowledge of the subject matter, demonstrate and communicate ideas to an audience, and familiarize themselves with real-world issues and potential solutions accompanying them. Through the use of key knowledge, reflection, self-critique, revision, and various other project designing elements, students experience the modern thinking techniques in Project Based Learning.
Health classes used technology to design trucks that display the benefits and health risks of popular diets.
Music class used math and technology to create an instrument.
Art class made operating carousels.
Ancient Civilization Reconstruction
Dr. Protano’s Global I students have completed a large scale model of the Nile River Valley. The model includes a functional irrigation system, a live ecosystem, and replicas of peasant houses from ancient Egypt. The students created the model in our Fabrication Lab using their Chromebooks for research and the laser cutter and 3D printer for the model.
Students have been focusing on exploring the architectural and economic impact first river systems like the Nile River Valley have made on modern versions, such as the Mississippi River, here in the United States. Their captions can be viewed in the FabLab for all to enjoy.
Basecamp Expeditionaries, a social entrepreneurship experience for our exponential age
During the summer fo 2018, Bishop Kearney will be participating in BaseCamp Expeditionaries, a social entrepreneurship experience for our exponential age. Bishop Kearney will be the only all-girls school and only non-Jesuit school participating in this unique program. Through the generosity of National Grid, five students will participate as Patricia Michel Scholars and two faculty members will participate for Professional Development as Patricia Michel Fellows.
This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to:
- Experience what it means to be "social entrepreneur"
- Dive deep into STEM & Humanities
- Practice Ignatian reflection
- Learn essentials of design thinking and other career-ready skills
- Develop a strengths dashboard
Bishop Kearney's STEM program expanded in the fall of 2017 to include a state-of-the-art STEM Wing! The STEM Wing includes an updated Chemistry Laboratory, Music Room, and TV Station, as well as a Think Tank and Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab). The Think Tank is a collaborative and innovative space that was inspired by the corporate offices at Google and Facebook. This comfortable and creative space is for students and faculty to prototype, think through ideas and problem solve. A FabLab is a workshop of manual and cutting-edge tools that serves as a platform for project-based learning and teaching. FabLabs link art, design, and technology to expand the notions and applicability of science, technology, engineering, and math.
Bishop Kearney's FabLab features:
- 3D printer
- Laser cutter
- Vinyl cutter
- Design software
- Virtual reality
- Electronics equipment
- Basic shop tools
The multilevel expansion is being funded through the support of our corporate, foundation and alumnae supporters. It is through their generosity that we are able to continue to enhance the educational and internship opportunities for our students.