Welcome to St. Luke’s designLab, a makerspace and program that develops creative problem-solving abilities through design thinking experiences. In designLab, as ideas take shape, thinkers become makers, stepping out from behind computer screens to build real-world applications with modern, state-of-the-art tools.
Defined in broad terms as a creative problem-solving process, design thinking can be applied to any field of study, any line of business, anywhere an unmet need exists. It’s both a mindset as well as an actionable skill.
The design thinking process starts with empathy. In keeping with St. Luke’s mission and motto, designLab reflects a service-oriented influence captured by its motto: Make It Better.
designLab is a space—mental and physical—for exploration and experimentation. The 3,500 square foot lab features nine 3D printers, a CO2 laser cutter, small and large CNC routers, and a fully-stocked woodshop. designLab offers a flexible environment where the physical space adapts to user needs. It comes equipped with plenty of whiteboard space and Post-It notes for brainstorming—a critical step in idea generation and problem solving.
designLab builds a critical leadership skill: creative problem solving. Students begin to ask themselves: How can I be creative? They start to see this question as a tool. This solution-seeking mindset permeates St. Luke's culture. Students and faculty eagerly take on challenges because it's hard fun to figure stuff out.
What kind of challenges? Students designing tools to help teachers convey math and language concepts; teachers designing a new student experience; Middle School students conceiving and prototyping interactive sculpture ideas; students of all ages attending a Hackathon; Trustees grappling with education trends and priorities, and on and on...
designLab facilitates a number of initiatives, competitions, and camps throughout the year. The photos below provide a snapshot of the collaboration, creativity, and sense of independence fostered by designLab.
St. Luke’s School is a secular (non-religious), private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving over 35 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.