Design Den | D2
The Space Age with the Cold War race between the U.S. and Soviet Union was a catalyst for education reform and established ingenuity, creativity and discovery as core American values. The miniaturization of electronics, accelerated by the development of spacecraft, gave rise to the Computer Age which in turn is giving rise to the Maker Movement. Makers are innovative, resourceful, collaborative,and embrace learning; all characteristics we hope to cultivate through our Practices of Definitive Preparation.
During the summer of 2013 Parish opened the doors of the Design Den (D2) and its two smaller satellite design labs (Little Den 1 & 2). The renovated three spaces on the Midway campus provide 3rd - 12th grade students with a space that encourages them to come hang out and tinker. These new Design Dens combined with the Beasley STEM Center at Hillcrest provides Parish students with over 10,000 sq. ft. of design/maker space.
D2 welcomes visitors in all disciplines from theatre to literature, but is the permanent home of the Stewart Family Robotics Lab and Middle and Upper School engineering classes. The Den offers a full wood shop, metals shop (with welder and plasma cutter), a plethora of hand tools and mini computer lab with 3D printer. Once Upper School students have their Design Den Shop Card, students are welcome to work on personal projects during Flex time, off periods and after school.
The project possibilities are endless!