Student Reacts to New STEM Space at Madison Country Day School

Blog written by: Evan Hoerl, Madison Country Day School student

What started as an idea and a concrete foundation in my junior year of high school has become a full-fledged building in my senior year. While I was away working on college essays and summer homework, Findorff worked tirelessly to ensure I would have a better school in which to return. With the addition of more classrooms, collaboration spaces, and labs, the new wing of Madison Country Day School that Findorff built has been more than just a way to expand to fit our growing numbers.

Over just the last few weeks, the new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) wing has been integral to igniting STEM education and expanding our ever growing music and art programs. But, it has done more than expand the programs individually, it has tied them together so they all grow together. From the window of the new chemistry lab and the biology lab, you can see the art students on the deck painting the prairie which we are studying in our Group 4 project. In this project, biology and chemistry students work together in the new collaboration spaces to create an experiment to study an aspect of the prairie that interests them.  In addition, the new wing has brought technology to the music department in the form of a new recording studio as well as an outdoor performance area which can be seen from the STEM and Art classrooms. But what I am most excited about is the most drastic change to MCDS: the Makerspace. This gives students access to 3D printers, laser cutters, and other shop tools and has opened doors for a new curriculum I am excited to see develop.

I can’t wait to see how the new building will continue to help my brother and me to ignite our interests in STEM, Art, and Music, and can’t thank Findorff enough for the incredible job they have done for my classmates and me.

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