Step Up for Stem at 2014 HSF Fall Ball

Event to benefit cutting-edge Makerspace at Haldane on Oct. 4

Attendees of this year’s Haldane School Foundation Fall Ball will have the chance to help local students develop critical skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by raising money for the creation of a state-of-the-art “Makerspace” at Haldane.

In addition to sunset cocktails, fabulous food from Valley Restaurant and an exciting silent auction, the Oct. 4 Fall Ball at The Garrison will feature a live pledge drive entitled, “Step Up For STEM.” All proceeds from this special event will help fund the development of the new Makerspace at the Haldane Learning Lab — an innovative multimedia facility to be equipped with technology such as 3D printing, 3D scanning, a pro-digital camcorder and iMacs loaded with Final Cut Pro for Advance Media Editing, LEGO Mindstorm Robotics and more.

The new Makerspace comes together at Haldane.

The new Makerspace comes together at Haldane.

Haldane Principal Brent Harrington says the Makerspace will be a place where students can work collaboratively and creatively with the latest technology. “Imagine a small group of seventh-grade students working together to create electronic prototypes using the engineering program littleBits, while at the same time a group of third graders working at a multimedia table using an iMac and Final Cut Pro to complete a digital story on animal species in our local community,” he said. “This is a 21st-century space for the 21st-century learner.”

HSF Trustee Betsy Matos Carone said the “Step Up For STEM” initiative reflects the talent and commitment of the Haldane Community. Partnering with the HSF and the school administration on this initiative is Project Code Spring, a local group devoted to teaching Philipstown students the skills involved in computer programming, engineering and coding. Scanga Innovative Woodwork is not only the event anchor sponsor, but is also building and donating custom work tables for the Makerspace. Additionally, local architect Pam Gunther is leading a team of parent volunteers to design the space. “The new Makerspace will exemplify how support from this amazing community is making Haldane an innovative and exciting experience for our students.”

A Makerspace is a place where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network and build.

You can also Step Up for STEM at Haldane. Fall Ball tickets are on sale for $140 per person. To purchase tickets online, visit the Haldane School Foundation. For more event information, contact Shannon Keegan at 914-449-4129 or [email protected].

Photo by Pam Gunther

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