Lower School
12 Months - Grade 5

Maker Space (Kindergarten through Grade 5)

Starting in the Fall of 2018, Barrie students will dream, make, think and do in their new maker space.

Through the powerful and iterative process of imagining a problem, designing solutions, repeatedly building and testing, and accomplishing a solution, our children will develop creative confidence, persistence, and purpose.

A combination engineering lab, computer studio and scientists workshop, Barrie Montessori’s new innovation STEAM center will facilitate opportunities for students to discover, tinker, produce, solve, design, invent, and experiment.

We know that children best develop their science and mathematical interests in a context that is personal, creative, and joyful. Barrie students will learn about electricity while building circuits and programming robots to navigate custom mazes and perform defined tasks. They will learn how to use an array of kinetic and kinesthetic tools, creating prototypes to solve real-world problems. Our students will use science journals to capture their ideas and work collaboratively to share and develop their vision for things they have designed and created.

In true Montessori fashion, Barrie’s explore-for-yourself STEAM curriculum will make math and technology visible, touchable, artistic, and accessible to all students from Kindergarten all the way through high school graduation. Our aim is to cultivate curious students who think for themselves and can confidently ask questions, question answers, and understand the world around them.

A dedicated Maker-STEAM educator will collaborate with our Montessori classroom teachers to design learning experiences that reinforce essential skills in areas such as Science, Math, Engineering and Technology, in connection with arts practices and design thinking. Students will engage in opportunities that facilitate innovative problem solving and collaborative skills that enhance social-emotional connections. Just a few of the resources to be explored in our new space include:

  • Coding & robotics
  • 3D printing & digital fabrication
  • Woodworking
  • Electronics
  • Digital multimedia
  • Kinetic machines
  • Design thinking & prototyping
  • Multimedia construction

Barrie’s new innovative new innovation STEAM center will be located in the Elementary Building on the Lower Campus and will allow students to spread out in an expansive, light- filled dual-classroom space where Maati Wafford and Karen Cronin currently teach their Lower Elementary classes.