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Design Tech at BSS

The Design Tech Lab is The Bishop Strachan School’s digital fabrication lab. This is a place where girls can invent, design and tinker.  We have a 3D printer, a laser cutter, robotics equipment, a variety of hand tools and lots of materials for girls to explore and use during the design thinking process as they work to realize their ideas.


We are involved in both academic and co-curricular life at BSS.  Academically, we work with Middle and Senior School classroom teachers to integrate design-focussed hands-on projects into their classrooms. This work is about developing spatial skills, learning from mistakes and making revisions, solving practical problems and becoming flexible thinkers. Outside of the classroom we run FIRST Lego League and VEX Robotics teams and offer “Maker Time” for girls to work on independent projects!


Past Projects in DT

Lindenmayer Systems

Grade 11 Computer Science students sought to answer the question: “How can a computer be used to model the growth patterns of plants?”

Geometry Art

Abbie 2 copy
Inspired by the work of artist Sol LeWitt, Grade 10 students created and described drawings containing geometric elements. They reflected on the mathematical properties of shapes, the complexity of communication and the intersection between math and art.


Creatures Project
Middle School students worked on creating their own custom models in art. They used 123D Creature for iPad to explore the concept of metamorphosis.


To investigate gears and ratios, Grade 7 Math classes designed and built Lego and laser-cut clocks to time every-day events. Twelve units even went on display at the Ontario Science Centre in the summer of 2013!

Physics Design

Engineering Drawing
In this project each student in the Grade 11 Physics class is asked to design, build and analyze an application of physics related to a topic studied during the year.

Rube Goldberg Machines

Rube Goldberg
Students in Grades 3, 8, and 12 designed and built Rube Goldberg machines to examine how energy is transformed through the stages of the chain reaction.


Co-Curriculars in DT



BSS students develop programming and building skills through both FIRST Lego League and VEX Robotics.


Tommy Pinball Machine

In March 2014, BSS mounted a performance of The Who’s Tommy. A group of students worked in DT to create a working poster and pinball machine!