Loomis Chaffee's Problem-Solving for the Common Good class met with Dr. Sten Vermund, dean of Yale’s School of Public Health, to learn about Yale's study involving new technology for COVID-19 contact-tracing on September 17.
Pearse Hub for Innovation
Innovation, collaboration, project-based learning, design thinking, and entrepreneurship come together in The Pearse Hub for Innovation (PHI).
Students with myriad interests, a shared passion to solve problems worth solving, and an eagerness to make a positive difference in their communities now, come together in the PHI to take advantage of state-of-the-art technology, an adaptive makers’ space, training with faculty experts, and a cutting-edge curriculum.
While technology is a key component of the PHI experience, the space is also intended to foster creative problem solving.
According to Scott MacClintic ’82, director of innovation, ultimately the purpose of the PHI is to encourage students to “make things and make a difference.”
In addition to offering interdisciplinary courses, the PHI hosts visiting entrepreneurs to speak to and meet with Loomis students, works collaboratively with all academic departments to foster innovation across disciplines, and provides interested students and faculty with the training needed to safely and effectively use the tools in the hub’s makers’ space.
Students in Loomis Chaffee’s Design Thinking for the Common Good spring 2020 course helped UConn women’s basketball player Batouly Camara generate ideas to expand the reach of her nonprofit organization, Women and Kids Empowerment (WAKE).
Ten members of the HAX Robotics team represented Loomis Chaffee at the Connecticut FIRST Tech Robotics State Championship and earned a prestigious Think Award on February 22.