News: New Mac Lab at Mater Christi School

March 30, 2023

This week, Mater Christi School students began using the new Mac Lab in the middle school building. This graphic design lab space features 28 iMacs donated by the University of Vermont, as well as several 3D printers. The lab is available to students in all grades, and it has already been used by seventh graders to research continents and countries for their Google Earth research projects. These projects will be displayed in a World Fair featuring geography, culture, and religion on Friday, April 14 from 12:20 to 2:40 in the MCS gym. Middle school students will also use Tinkercad — an app for 3D design, electronics, and coding — to design buildings, which they will then print on the 3D printers. Plans for elementary students to use the Lab include Scratch coding and research products. Looking ahead, MCS hopes to offer specific graphic design classes for students to learn new skills and programs. According to Mike Early, Mater Christi School’s Technology Director, “The new Mac Lab provides a dedicated space for teachers to incorporate cutting-edge technology into their lessons and for students to learn hands-on problem-solving skills.” Special thanks to M.C. Baker and Jim Howrigan for their work converting the previous art room into this new, bright classroom space!