TECHNOLOGY AT AVON OLD FARMS SCHOOL
As hands-on learners, boys respond well to technology when it comes to learning not only science, engineering, and math, but also digital arts, robotics, and 3-D design.
The proliferation of social media and technology has changed the way educators teach, how students learn, and the way teachers and students communicate. US News & World Report
In addition to specialized, technology-centered courses in the curriculum, Avon Old Farms boasts several state-of-the-art computer labs on campus loaded with special design and engineering software.
As a college preparatory school, Avon Old Farms is committed to providing students with opportunities in and out of the classroom to develop the technological skills necessary to meet the challenges of higher education and the world beyond.
3-D CAD Design
Recent advances in the technology of computers and software have made using Computer-Aided Design central to the art of architecture and engineering. Students interested in learning more about this field have an opportunity to work on drafting and design at Avon with engineering teachers.
Students enrolled in Computer Programming at Avon learn the basic components and operations of computers, how to create web and desktop applications and have an understanding of ethical issues surrounding computers in the modern world.
In our robotics program, students with varying interests collaborate: all work together – from sketching designs, to creating parts on a 3-D printer, to programming the robot for competition.
Students work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software by following the standards of an engineering design process.
Each year, students in a variety of S.T.E.M. courses at Avon are able to tour local labs, including Kaman Industries, TRUMPF, Pratt & Whitney and the Morris Group, Inc.
Students study the fundamental principles of design through experimentation and invention. The artistic side of technology is utilized through photography and manipulation of vector artwork.
"Theodate Pope Riddle’s masterful architecture means that we have a beautiful campus, but Avon’s value goes far deeper than the foundations of the buildings or the waters of Beaver Pond. In helping to build the engineering and robotics programs at Avon, I am proud to be a part of something larger than myself."
KIMBERLY FINN BOLSTER, SCIENCE TEACHER, ROBOTICS COACH