A place where curiosity takes shape

Welcome to the Hirsch/Alperin DIB Lab at Wheeler! 

Featuring:
Digital Design | Robotics | Applied Physics & Engineering — and more!

Purpose/Mission Statement
1. To provide opportunities for students to enrich their learning with real-life, hands-on experience in increasingly relevant fields while addressing the fundamental gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

2. To develop communication and teamwork skills through experimental application of theoretical knowledge.

Contact us for more information about the DIB lab at diblab@wheelerschool.org.

DIB Lab Project List

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  • DIB Lab Electives

    Middle and Upper School students use their elective and free periods to drop-by the DIB Lab to work on a range of projects, from designing 3D models to print on the lab's sophisicated 3D printers and CNC mill to programming robots. Students also use this time to prepare for the Science Olympiad competition.

    The RI Science Olympiad competition, which takes place each Spring at Rhode Island College, provides opportunities for students to learn about a wide range of topics in science, from Anatomy and Astrophysics to Forensics and Organic Chemistry. Students work in pairs and small groups to design devices for Building Events, including robots, model bridges, bottle rockets, helicopters, and wheeled vehicles.
  • Engineering and MS Technology CORE

    The Upper School Introduction to Engineering course provides an overview of general, civil, industrial, mechanical, electrical, and reverse engineering. Students work in groups to to design virtual and working models. This year, Engineering students will be able to take advantage of the DIB lab’s new resources, including the 3D printers and desktop CNC mill.

    All 7th and 8th graders spend four weeks of their Core rotation in the DIB Lab, learning the fundamentals of programming and app design. Students use the design thinking process to prototype an app that addresses a real-life problem or want. They also learn to use MIT’s Scratch programming software to create their own interactive narratives and games.
  • Robotics

    Students in the 2nd-12th grade robotics clubs at Wheeler work in small groups to research, design, and build devices with programmable components. In addition to traditional robots -- which use their sensors and motors to locate and move materials, follow a line, and avoid obstacles -- students in the DIB lab also make musical staircases/digital instruments, light-up circuit cards, 3D printed objects, and more!

    Wheeler participates in the annual junior FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) robotics competitions. Our Upper School FTC team finished 8th in the state last year, while our Middle School FLL team’s robot placed 4th in the state.

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