Opened in September 2013, the Innovation Center represents CEE’s commitment to leading edge education.
This dynamic learning space offers students and teachers the technology, space, and tools to engage in transformative experiences and explore new possibilities.
The space includes many features that nurture big ideas, collaboration, and self-guided learning. We continue to embrace the rapidly changing nature of education and how learning environments are evolving. Our Innovation Center gives our community an exciting and fun space in which to bring learning to a new level, dream big, and work together.
Hands-on learning builds problem solving skills and is an essential counterpart to screen-based skills. Supported by work tables, tools, and a variety of materials, students can explore physics and engineering as well as circuits with motors, lights, and buttons.
Students of all ages have access to a 3D Printer, which supports learning to manipulate three-dimensional digital spaces to fabricate objects that would not be possible to create with traditional tools. A laser cutter allows students to use digital tools to design 2D pieces cut from wood or fabric.
CEE’s two-year Maker Fellows program provides teachers with a structured education in Makerism. Fellows conduct research, learn new skills, and facilitate Maker-centered projects for their classes. During the second year, they iterate their projects and mentor new fellows.
Now in its third year, the annual CEE STEAM Festival highlights the wonders of all things Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Families explore over 30 interactive stations, run by faculty, staff, and parents. Popular activities from previous years include ice cream making, color mixing, sound explorations, gardening, anatomy and virtual reality!
Operations & Coding
Students gain experience with operations, learning how to use iPads and laptop computers properly and efficiently. Students also learn how to write instructions for computers to understand (coding), developing critical and computational thinking skills.
Digital citizenship units help students develop an understanding of themselves as responsible stewards of their online presence. CEE’s core values serve as touchstones to guide behavior when using technology and interacting with others online, and students build an understanding of the Internet as a public place, being mindful of their own privacy as well as that of others.
The Center for Early Education, a socio-economically and culturally diverse independent school for children, toddlers through grade six, strives to graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners. The Center embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.