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P.S. 62, The Magnet School of Computer Science and Innovation, Places Emphasis on 3-D Printing and Coding

P.S. 62, The Magnet School of Computer Science and Innovation, Places Emphasis on 3-D Printing and Coding

The Play Lab will enhance students’ learning with hands-on activities and technology skills.


P.S. 62, the Magnet School of Computer Science and Innovation in South Richmond Hill, is at the forefront of technology innovation for elementary schools. The school will increase focus on 3-D printing and coding with more projects of such being offered to students in the Play Lab this school year.  Last year's successful 3-D printing and computer science programs in the school's Play Lab inspired the school to continue work in the lab this year.

 According to Robert Malchow, the school’s magnet resource specialist, winning a magnet award allowed P.S. 62’s principal, who has always been interested in 3-D printing and coding, the freedom to build a lab. The lab allows students to step into a new environment meant specifically for hands-on learning. Last year, one student invetion team's 3-D printed iPad stand was so awesome, Malchow says, they printed one for every classroom. Classes now use the stand for reading lessons.

Malchow said the Play Lab has many benefits.

“[The students] become active participants in their education rather than just a passive learner listening to a teacher. [The Lab] lets them do hands-on interactive experiences where they can try out some of their own ideas, they have opportunities to take chances, and they’re not afraid to make mistakes,” he says. “That helps the students become big problem solvers. They’re more resourceful, they’re innovative, they’re collaborative learners. All of these skills are preparing them with the 21st century skills that will be needed when they enter the workforce.”

For more information about P.S. 62, visit the Magnet School of Computer Science and Innovation's website.

Main image courtesy P.S. 62.

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