TEACHING TO THE FUTURE
How do we educate young men for a dynamic, complex and uncertain world - the world in which they will live, work, and serve? At St. Edward High School, we start with our Holy Cross values. Our values are the bedrock upon which our young men can be transformed into true servant leaders. Next, we develop traditional skills within a rigorous curriculum – our commitment to excellence across the campus. Finally, we must develop the skills of creative problem solving with real world applications – the path that will give our young men the edge they need to compete in an ever-changing world.
It is within this intersection of Holy Cross
values, a tradition of excellence, and
forward-thinking approaches to teaching
and learning that we are excited to dedicate the Joseph & Helen Lowe Institute for Innovation - a lasting representation of our responsibility to
deliver excellence and relevance across the
curriculum as we teach to the future.
As you explore all 28,000-square-feet of the
Lowe Institute, consider the ways that it will
impact the generations of students who will enjoy the privilege of bringing the space to life.
The culture of innovation that has existed at St. Edward High School since its founding will be enhanced and enlivened through the effortless facilitation of creativity, collaboration, experimentation, design, engineering and prototyping that the Lowe Institute affords.
On behalf of St. Edward High School students, faculty and staff, I want to extend our profound gratitude to those who so generously contributed to making this transformative space a reality. We are especially grateful to Diana and Gregg Lowe ‘80, whose vision for, and commitment to, putting innovation at the forefront of the St. Edward experience will influence the lives of our students and their world for years to come.
The Lowe Institute is a gift that will impact every teacher and every Edsman at St. Edward High School. It is because of that impact that we are enabled to teach to the future so that our Edsmen will be empowered to create the future! Through your commitment to the Courage to Act Campaign, our faculty, staff and students will develop the Courage to Lead!
THE H.C.S. CENTER FOR ENGINEERING
For more than15 years, students enrolled in St. Edward High School’s Engineering Program have learned about both the “big E” engineering careers and the “little E” engineering that designers, makers and engineers engage in to create the manufactured world in which we live.
The new advanced manufacturing and fabrication labs provide important infrastructure that will allow St. Edward students to engage in more authentic hands-on learning, including:
+ A bank of 3D printers for students to realize innovative designs
+ CNC mills to allow students to design with industry standard tools
+ Metal casting to show students the application of traditional methods of fabrication dating back to ancient times
+ Embedded electronics systems to allow students to develop products for the Internet of Things
+ Laser cutters/engravers and a vinyl printer for students to create brand imagery for their products
+ Open-air space safe for welding and firing ceramics to showcase their creativity
+ Expansive space for students to build larger projects
All of this and more will be used by students in our unique Engineering classes for both classroom projects and personal projects that students will design and build to enhance their own understanding. These capabilities allow us to show our students how to fail fast, learn from mistakes, and continue development. Students will not have to wonder for long if their design will work, they are now afforded the luxury of prototyping it to see for themselves.
Manufacturing Lab & Makers Deck
Laura and Christopher Carmon '87
Engineering Technology Lab
Margaret and Myles Gallagher
Br. Joseph Chvala, C.S.C.
THE KEEHAN FAMILY CENTER FOR ADVANCED SCIENCES
Robert and Loretta Cleary
Advanced Technology Lab
Mathematics & Data Science Lab
The Keehan Family Center for Advanced Sciences will allow students to apply their knowledge in practical applications through laboratory activities that promote prediction, data analysis, critical thinking and application. This opportunity will allow students to approach science as scientists through performance-based assessments that are driven by the students’ own questions, previous knowledge and experience.
The Keehan Family Center will support chemistry, physics, advanced technology and data science through:
+ Two self-contained chemistry labs, equipped with two-way fume hoods
+ Two self-contained physics labs
+ Extensive storage for both chemistry and physics laboratories
+ High-performance computer lab that will support advanced programming and virtual reality applications
+ A data science lab that supports the management, modeling and reporting of data
+ An open atrium for student and faculty collaboration
The lab classrooms allow faculty to completely re-design the curriculum to incorporate more student-led, inquiry-based learning activities without time or schedule constraints. Each of the labs is designed to support student experimentation and problem solving. They also allow for the change of plans that occur when a laboratory activity does not go as planned. When data is inconsistent or “bad” the class can easily try again the next day. Things don’t always go as planned and having a lab classroom will allow for modification of the experiment and lead to success.
THE KEN LAYDEN '80 CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL SOLUTIONS
Kate and Michael Joyce '70
The Rouchard Family
William and Norma Salm
Group Meeting Room
Donna and Michael Lovas '64
Group Meeting Room
Director of Innovation Office
The objective of the Ken Layden ‘80 Center is to fully capitalize on the benefits of an active and flexible learning environment by creating a physical space that will support and enhance classroom learning. It is a space designed to prepare students for a work environment where critical thinking, creativity, experimentation, collaboration and communication are the keys to success.
Collaborative work is essential to active learning. The space addresses different levels of collaboration and offers an environment that supports one-on-one interaction, team learning and instruction, group study, presentation prep, as well as large assemblies.
The space was furnished with flexibility in mind: markerboards that are mobile; chairs that have wheels or swivel; tables that combine to allow for a variety of configurations or separate into single tables for more privacy. Chairs with tablet arms and book bag storage were provided to increase flexibility for the students. Powerdocs were installed to allow students to comfortably power up, recharge and stay connected.
The Ken Layden ‘80 Center supports teachers as facilitators, leading students through a learning process where they engage in thinking, problem solving, leadership, collaboration and project-based learning. It is through this space that students will be empowered to identify challenges, explore the depths of their creativity, develop entrepreneurial solutions, and launch those solutions so they can positively impact the world.