DESIGN LAB

Lower Elementary – Middle School

 

It didn’t work. Hmm, what now?  Flexible thinking has been identified as a requisite 21st century skill. In Design Lab, students solve open-ended design challenges and, in the process, extend their learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) concepts. Students are introduced to woodworking, robotics, sewing, and use of a 3D printer. The Design Lab curriculum helps students gain confidence in their ability to tackle uncertain and unfamiliar challenges.

STUDENT GALLERY

FACULTY & STAFF
 

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Merav Rosen, Design Lab Specialist

Trained as an Interior Designer, both abroad and in the US, Merav worked as a designer for 16 years, specializing in public and commercial interiors. She founded the Very Beginning Woodworking program at the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts in Jamaica Plain, and periodically trains woodworking teachers at that school. Merav also created the woodworking program at the New Art Center, in Newton. She teaches woodworking and Design Lab at Wellan, as well as after school woodworking and Tinkering classes. She has a certificate for Introduction to Montessori and Early Childhood from Lexington Montessori.

 

In addition to her work at Wellan, she teaches woodworking lessons in her woodshop. Merav is especially passionate about teaching students with disabilities. Merav is also certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aid Provider.

 

Merav is married, and the mother of two girls who both attended Montessori. When she is not teaching, she often can be found in her woodshop with one or all family members, tinkering, up-cycling and developing new projects! She loves reading, gardening, traveling and hunting for antique woodworking tools to add to her collection in flea markets.

Terry Keeling, Math Teacher and Design Lab/Technology Specialist for Grades 4–8

Terry, who has been on staff at Wellan since 2017, has joined the Voyager team as the 7th and 8th grade Math teacher this year. Terry brings a unique background to this position. He holds degrees from the University of Georgia in Education and Applied Maths. More recently, he has continued his education at Harvard University, where he earned an MBA and a Masters degree in Musicology. He will soon complete his Ph.D. as a joint program in Theoretical Particle Physics and Music Theory. He also holds several computer science and information security certifications. While still in Georgia, Terry taught High School Orchestra.

 

Outside of his work at Wellan, he teaches private music lessons and tutors students in mathematics and music theory. At Wellan, he has taught Upper Elementary Design Lab and Technology classes. Terry worked with Voyager students this past year on their news program. He is excited to take on a larger role in the program.