Technology & Design
Connecting students to the future
At Chicago City Day School, technology is part of the everyday experience of our students. We integrate technology into our program thoughtfully, helping students understand that devices, software, and apps are all tools that serve something larger — the effort to convey ideas, gather data, and understand the world.
The "What": City Day students have access to two state-of-the-art computer labs. One lab is positioned in the library to facilitate research opportunities integrating print and digital information. A bigger lab on our second floor allows for whole-class projects. We also provide a tech center in one of our satellite buildings. It is equipped with 3-D printers and a green-screen room, allowing students to create multimedia presentations. These resources help students learn to keyboard, code, develop spreadsheets, and maintain databases.
The "Why": Design thinking is deeply ingrained in our approach to technology. All of our students visit the Shorey Shop, City Day's "makerspace," to explore the creative uses of technological tools. Popular projects include construction of electric circuitry, Rube Goldberg machines, solar-powered vehicles, and model homes. As they work in the Shop, students discover how technology can be used to drive problem-solving and innovation.
We integrate technology into our program thoughtfully, helping students understand that devices, software, and apps are all tools that serve something larger — the effort to convey ideas, gather data, and understand the world.
The Shorey Shop: Our 'Makerspace'
Walk into the Shorey Shop at Chicago City Day School and just try to resist the urge to make something. The Shop is a popular learning space on campus, an environment in which students are set free to design, innovate, and create. The Shop contains a wealth of resources, all used in an age-appropriate manner, that allow students to make their dreams a reality — robotics kits, circuit boards, painting materials, and, for older students, cutting tools. The Shop is a place where imagination, technology, collaboration, and hard work come together.