When Castilleja girls roll up their sleeves, build and create in our innovative makerspaces, they gain hands-on practice in turning abstract concepts and ideas into physical reality and prototypes.
At Castilleja, we believe that every student has the ability to design and create innovative solutions to today’s problems. By engaging in a variety of hands-on making, tinkering, and engineering projects, students hone core competencies that empower them as innovators. Such constructionist projects also drive deep learning, foster student initiative, and allow students to forge connections between academic disciplines. We are a member of the FabLearn Labs network, a project of Professor Paulo Blikstein's Transformative Learning Technologies Lab at Stanford University.
Bourn Idea Lab
The Bourn Idea Lab is Castilleja’s primary makerspace, engineering design studio, and robotics lab.
Named in memory of Doug Bourn, a former mentor on Castilleja's robotics team, the Bourn Idea Lab is a key component of Castilleja's larger vision for the 21st century. The Bourn Idea Lab is outfitted with an assortment of digital fabrication equipment, traditional shop tools, and a wide variety of materials.
Middle School Tinkering Nook
The Middle School Tinkering Nook, opened in 2017, makes making at Castilleja even more visible and accessible to students, especially those in our Middle School.
Robotics at Castilleja
The Bourn Idea Lab is also home of Castilleja's robotics programs, including our award-winning FIRST Robotics team, Team 1700 Gatorbotics, and our FIRST Lego League teams.
We believe that maker education is an important educational experience for all learners and would love to connect with other educators who are interested in designing making experiences to engage students. Come tour our makerspaces, participate in online communities dedicated to maker education, or join us at one of our workshops or conferences; we’d love to learn and share with you!