Innovation * Design * Engineering * Art
Who says girls can't play with power tools?
In today's world, creativity is the largest source of commerce. Everybody's looking for ways to make things new -- different, faster, smarter, smaller, bigger, more economical, more purposeful, sleeker, cooler, you name it -- the list goes on. The Makers Movement has been so readily and enthusiastically embraced because it just makes sense. As everyday citizens, we now have relatively easy access to the tools and the technology to quite literally improve people's lives in ways that were unimaginable only a few years ago.
In 1993, Susan Kettering Williamson '55 established an innovative woodworking and engineering laboratory for Hathaway Brown's Primary School students. A year later, Sally Stecher Hollington '50 made it possible to expand this forward-leaning classroom to accommodate Middle and Upper School students as well. Recognizing the potential breakthroughs students could make through the addition of more advanced technology, in 2015 HB parents Michelle Shan-Jeschelnig and Richard Jeschelnig supported the reimagination of the laboratory now used by girls in Grades K-12. The space will be outfitted with the latest software, hardware, and fabrication tools. In this new IDEA Lab, students will be inspired to tinker and create with limitless boundaries. If they can dream it, they can build it.
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We are pleased to welcome Leah Ridgeway Jackson, a member of the Hathaway Brown class of 1999, back to her alma mater as Director of the IDEA Lab.
Leah earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering with a minor in business from Northwestern University and an MBA with a management concentration from Cleveland State University. Since 2003, she has been employed by Johnson Controls, where she was an Energy Solutions Development Engineer, a Lead Systems Operations Specialist, and a Construction Sales Engineer. She brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the position and she looks forward to "exposing HB girls to powerful and innovative ideas, thus producing constructive, creative, and confident thinkers."
Leah is a member of HB's Head's Council, and she has been a regular judge for HB's eighth-grade science fair. She also has spoken with the members of the Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society about what they might expect in pursuing careers in STEM fields. Of the IDEA Lab, Leah says, "I see this space as a hub for creativity and ingenuity; a place to expose the girls, at all age levels, to the passion and satisfaction that come from creating and building something themselves."