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Named in memory of Doug Bourn, Castilleja's long-time robotics team mentor, the Bourn Idea Lab is a key component of Castilleja's larger vision for the 21st century.

Castilleja believes that deep learning entails active, hands-on pursuits. The school's vision for curriculum unites engineering, mathematics, physics, design, psychology, materials science, and other disciplines in a rich framework. Girls, in particular, need more opportunities to apply their ideas to physical constructs, to literally and figuratlvely get their hands dirty in the pursuit of knowledge, if they are to be properly equipped to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Located on the Lower Level of the Arrillaga Family Campus Center, the newly renovated space is initially being used for Castilleja's robotics program. Tools, materials and workspace supports the team's work especially during their six-week build season.

The space has also been used for professional development opportunities for our faculty, so that they are best equiped to leverage this resource. Click on the video to the right to see the lab in action during a 2-day training session.

Subsequent stages of the lab will emerge as the school finalizes and implements its new Campus Master Plan and the arts and technology curriculum evolves to incorporate its use. 

 Want to learn more? Visit the Bourn Idea Lab website!

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