With the help of numerous supportive donors and forward thinking educators, Parish is home to several unique learning spaces. The Beasley STEM Center at the Hillcrest Campus and the NanoDen at the Midway Campus are place where Parish students to not only ask bold questions about their world but offer students the opportunity to tangibly explore fundamental concepts as well as conduct cutting edge molecular research.
Few academic institutions in the country have a space that rivals Parish’s Midway Campus Design Den. The 8,500 sq. ft. of design and makerspace serves as the classroom for many of the Middle School STEM enrichments and all of the Upper School engineering electives. Within this space Parish students have access to many of the same types of equipment found in professional print and machine shops. In the Design Den, Parish students are encouraged to step into the “arena” dream big, learn from failure, and value persistence. Here there are few things our students can dream that we cannot bring to life.
Made possible by the generous support of the Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation, the Beasley STEM center is centrally located on the Hillcrest Campus and is home to the Digital Den, Innovation Station, Fleeger Family teaching and learning kitchen, and the Nausler Family Garden.
PreK – 2nd students regularly visit the Center. With the guidance of dedicated STEM instructors, students engage in hands-on activities, experiences, and engineering challenges as they investigate scientific phenomena, see math and science applied in the culinary sciences, and explore uses for technology when solving problems or modeling data.
Opened in 2013 the Design Den and expanded in the summer of 2018, the Design Den is 8,500 square feet of dedicated design, maker, and innovation space available to all students, faculty, and staff on the Midway Campus. Makers are resourceful, resilient, collaborative, entrepreneurial, and embrace learning; all characteristics we hope to cultivate as we strive to develop bold leaders prepared to impact our complex global society.
The Design Den is home to the Elizabeth Sophia Walton-Alford Welding Shed, Wheeler Family Woodshop, Stewart Family Robotics Lab, virtual and augmented reality studio, and makerspace and houses state of the art design and fabrication equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutter, CNC router, welder, plasma cutter and CNC mill.
It is an extension of the Design Den but into the molecular world. Upper School students in Honors Biology, Environmental Science, the Medical Scientist Society, Independent Studies, and Middle School students in Parish EXTEND can explore, engineer, and engage in molecular queries. Techniques such as agarose gel electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE, bacterial transformation, CRISPR gene editing, ELISA, and PCR are currently being used in the Nano Den. We are excited to add DNA sequencing to our repertoire in the fall of 2018.
Parish is proud to partner with hyrdroshed and Amelia’s Backyard Farm creating and innovation extension to the Nausler Family Garden with the addition of this climate controlled hydroponic greenhouse allowing students the opportunity to grow crops year-round.