Engineering & Design Lab

Established in 2013 to encourage and foster community using creativity and new technologies across diverse curriculums, GA’s Engineering & Design Lab (EDL) is a space for taking ideas and bringing them to form as STEM, art and design, and humanities projects. In addition to integrated projects, students from all divisions are offered STEAM-focused programs and courses, and “making” is an integral part of our girls’ learning at school. Our courses engage students in the process of building something from the bottom up, while solving problems, experimenting with new ideas, and learning from mistakes.

Program Overview

Erin Riley is the Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Jackson Director of the Engineering & Design Lab at Greenwich Academy, where she teaches classes and facilitates projects with faculty at the intersection of engineering, design, and art. Additionally she teaches a studio course in Creative Technologies at Columbia University’s Teachers College in the Department of Art and Art Education. Erin is among the first cohort of Senior FabLearn Fellows at Stanford University where she writes on the topic of maker education and curriculum design, and creates tools and resources for educators. During the summer, Erin works with middle school-age students on STEAM projects at REACHPrep, an educational access organization for underserved students. Erin holds an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and has a forthcoming book, The Art of Digital Fabrication, from Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.