On Thursday afternoon, June 1, over 450 members of the Lincoln community gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the STEAM Hub for Girls.
Set to open in January 2018, the state of the art STEAM Hub for Girls will be the only dedicated STEAM facility for girls in Rhode Island. The flash weather event ahead of the ceremony, only added to the excitement of the students, donors, faculty and staff, parents, alumnae and friends gathered for this momentous occasion.
Board of Trustees President Martha Boss Bennett '85 began the ceremony with Lincoln's traditional moment of silence and thanked the generous donors for their investment in Lincoln's future. In addition, she complimented the hard work of the steering committee led with dedication and tenacity by Trustee Nancy Nahigian Tavitian, class of 1982. Head of School, Suzanne Fogarty stated that STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Architecture, and Math) is about enabling students to communicate valuable and complex information to a wider audience through an interdisciplinary approach. Suzanne shared, "We can see that art is present in science, nature in engineering, and history in technology. When you leave Lincoln, you will be prepared for a world that doesn't define itself by subject matter. This is the kind of dynamic teaching and learning that will live in our new state-of-the-art STEAM Hub for Girls."
Science Department Chair, Cate Hibbitt '85 and English Department Chair & Faculty Representative on the Board of Trustees, John Minahan also shared their excitement and pride in his project. In Cate's words, "A building such as this new STEAM hub gives us state of the art classrooms and spaces in which to develop education, integration, and imagination in our current and future students.This magnificent building proudly declares our dedication to the statement yes, absolutely, science is for girls!
Dr. Minahan ended the program with a story about writer Frederick Buechner who famously said that education means finding that place where your greatest passion meets the world's greatest need. Dr. Minahan continued, "This new STEAM Hub for Girls is an extension of an existing building, and it's also how the world's going to see that building." He shared that at Lincoln, we embrace Beuchner's articulation of education, "but we go one better: here, it's done by girls and women for girls and women. Because if we can make the world a better place for girls and women, we can make the world a better place for everyone." Dr. Minahan concluded, "So I'm honored and excited about today's groundbreaking. But you know what? I'm honored and excited to be here every day. Because at Lincoln we're breaking new ground every day."
Lincoln School's new STEAM Hub for Girls, a $5M addition to the Blackstone Boulevard side of the historic school building. The STEAM Hub will feature a brand new 2-story facade, 4,000-square-feet of interdisciplinary learning space including physics and chemistry labs and recently renovated biology labs, flexible breakout areas, and a rotating art gallery. Designed by LLB Architects of Pawtucket, Shawmut Design and Construction of Providence will manage the project.