Over the past 15 years, Morristown-Beard School has dedicated more than $52 million to 16 major building and renovation projects that have been transformative to its 22-acre campus, enhancing both its beauty and functionality. Recent capital projects include the construction of a 630-seat Performing Arts Center and a new Middle School as well as the completion of the Math & Science Center and renovations to the Simon Athletic Center and Rooke Pool.
With fundraising underway for the new Center for Innovation & Design, we continue to improve our campus, enhancing both its beauty and functionality – made possible only with your help. MBS continues to honor its unwavering commitment to its students and faculty to provide them with the very best environment and tools for learning, growth and unparalleled success.
Located below the Dining Hall, the Center for Innovation & Design (CID) will be a cutting-edge facility that will inspire and support “Design Thinking”. Connected to the $12.6 million Math & Science Facility, the $2 million CID will provide over 8,000 square feet of flexible and innovative space where students will explore, experiment, collaborate, invent, design, build and problem solve as they deeply engage in multi-disciplinary projects. The center will feature:
- Collaboration Lab with Harkness Table and “Distance Learning” Capabilities
- State-of-the-Art Computer Science Studio
- Professional Sound and Film Studios
- Industrial Design Studeo
- Makerspace Studio
- Robotics Space
A natural extension of the completed Math & Science Facility, the highly anticipated Center for Innovation & Design (CID) will create a center where students will collaborate and practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The CID will serve as an “idea incubator” where students will analyze challenges, deconstruct them, think creatively, tinker. In addition, it creates the space for new and unconventional ideas that students can vet with their peers in a sort of “Shark Tank” mentality.
“If we can do this well,” states Darren Burns, Head of Upper School, “our students’ experience in the CID will be organic and will be relevant to the world in which they live and work. We envision their projects as being a way to set themselves apart and get a jump on life beyond Morristown-Beard School. At MBS, students have always been participants in their education; now they can become the architects. As our students have shown, they can produce some incredible work when they take the lead and believe in themselves.”
Just as the new Math & Science Facility is helping to generate a host of new independent study options and student-led research projects, this new center will be a hub for original work that is fueled by our students’ passions.
In September 2017, MBS proudly opened the doors to a 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art Math & Science Center, surpassing the goal of the $12.6 million cost thanks to the generosity of the MBS community. While this new facility promises to be transformational to our campus, its greatest impact will be on how it enriches the student experience.
The newly constructed facility contains student-friendly gathering and work spaces, as well as places for project-based teams to collaborate in both math and science including:
- Eight science classrooms/laboratories, prep rooms and independent research labs
- Eight mathematics classrooms
- An environmental science lab
- A dynamic math studio
- DNA lab
- Art gallery
- Small group study areas
- Open common space for students and faculty
Last fall, Morristown-Beard School proudly introduced Science On a Sphere®, an extraordinary display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six-foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) developed Science On a Sphere® as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain complex environmental processes in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and analytical. MBS and Liberty Science Center in Jersey City are the only two institutions in the state of New Jersey with Science On a Sphere®, and MBS is one of only two secondary schools in the nation to invest in this exceptional tool.
Thanks primarily to the generosity of an anonymous donor, significant renovations to the Simon Athletic Center and Rooke Pool have been made.
The renovations include the following:
- New roof and exterior paint
- New ventilation system
- New locker rooms
- Conversion of chlorine pool water to saline
- New pool deck
- New training room
- More efficient lighting