Design-Innovate-Build Lab

A place where curiosity takes shape

Welcome to the Hirsch/Alperin Design | Innovate | Build Lab aka DIB Lab
featuring: Digital Design | Robotics | Applied Physics & Engineering — and more!

Purpose/Mission Statement

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

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Making Face Shields as PPE

Wheeler’s Hirsch/Alperin Design | Innovate | Build Lab has pivoted to providing PPE face shields, making more than 400 frames in a multi-school public-private effort in Rhode Island. Here our DIB Lab Director Meghan Jimenez demonstrates two ways to make the shields’ frames.

Our latest DIB Lab Challenge is making color stickers of a place or program you love at Wheeler!  See one in the block below.

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Stickers: DIB Lab Design Challenge

DIB Lab Director Meghan Jiminez welcomes students to participate in the first DIB Lab Challenge of the year: “I have a very special DIB Lab challenge to announce to celebrate that we can now make FULL COLOR STICKERS in the DIB Lab! The challenge is to design a sticker that celebrates a Wheeler place or program that is special to you. The DIB Lab has teamed up with the Enrollment Office so your entry for this challenge may even be used to share all of the things that we love at Wheeler with the world! Everyone who participates will receive a limited edition DIB Lab sticker and, thanks to the Enrollment Office, I also have a limited supply of Wheeler water bottles, string bags, and earbuds to give out to participants! All entries must:

  • have the words “Wheeler” or “Wheeler School” on them
  • be hexagon shaped
  • be submitted as a high-quality PNG or SVG file to me, if the entry is submitted digitally
  • be created on a hexagon template provided by the DIB Lab if they are drawn by hand and turned in at the DIB Lab
  • be submitted by Friday, October 18.

Sticker design by a student of a soccer ball and school logo in a hexagon shape.

Here’s a sample sticker created by Eliot Advani!

Name the Mars Rover: DIB Lab Design Challenge

NASA is offering K-12 students the opportunity to name the 2020 Mars Rover. Just think! A robotic scientist could be roaming another planet with the name that you picked out next year! The 2020 rover is even going to have a tiny helicopter flying along with it while it explores Mars!

Past American Mars rover names include:
Sojourner (named after African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth)

To decide the winner, NASA will identify 156 state winners (one from each state and age group) before narrowing down to the top nine entries to be part of a public poll. You can sign up and submit an entry for the competition at Entries must include a proposed name for the rover and a short essay of 150 words or less explaining the reasons for the name. Entries are due by November 1.