C AMPUS L I F E Technology That Brings Learning to Life The muted hum of a 3D printer building a drone propeller, one microlayer at a time. The futuristic glow of a laser cutter etching acrylic with a student’s original design. The noticeable absence of wires in a room configured for wireless connectivity. These are the hallmarks of an Mx Scholar Programs classroom, a space that has been intentionally designed for 21st century learning. The latest innovation to be introduced to the Mx curriculum is a tool called zSpace – an all-in-one virtual reality computer. This immersive experience is the same technology used in medical training at institutions like the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. Vivid models of human organs emerge out of the screen to the viewer wearing 3D glasses, and spin around with the turn of a stylus. Students can click to peel back layers of muscles and nerves, and virtually dissect an organ or animal specimen, then reconstruct it over and over again. This kind of detailed dissection and analysis is not merely about using technology, but about the way that students learn to think. For example, in Mx Medical Innovation, students will use tools like zSpace as they learn about human anatomy, organs and tissues. It will be a resource in combination with real-life scenarios that simulate the investigation and problem solving of a crime scene, or a pretend family with various medical histories and health conditions. “Students are inspired when there is relevance to the real world,” says Christopher Ugale, director of the Mx Scholar Programs. “Technology like zSpace helps them to deepen their
“Innovation comes from recognizing a need in society and creating a solution to help others,” says Mr. Ugale. “It comes from believing that each individual can and should make a difference. Innovation is such a buzzword today, but it’s rooted in the essence of the school’s motto since 1927– ‘to whom much is given, much is expected.’” Mr. Ugale adds, “There are character traits that we strive to instill in each Mx Scholar. We chose five attributes as the Mx Scholar Agreements so that holding up the five fingers on one hand will be a reminder for students of their responsibility to be leaders.”
understanding and invites their curiosity in what they’re learning. It’s fun and engaging, but also very purposefully integrated into the coursework. Ultimately, what we are striving for through a Maryknoll Mx Scholar Program education is to help each student develop a hunger and aptitude for learning. It’s about showing them that there is more than one way to look at a situation and challenging them to think differently.” Wisdom Shared Across Generations One of the most distinct features of the Mx Scholar Programs is that students will be able to learn from professional mentors, internships and visiting professors. Partners thus far include 14 companies and organizations ranging from international industry leaders such as Belt Collins and acclaimed local firms such as Mitsunaga & Associates, to nonprofits such as the Pacific Aviation Museum and prestigious universities such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. National defense engineering leader BAE Systems was one of the first partners and assisted Maryknoll with the development of the Mx STEM & Aerospace engineering curriculum alongside award-winning online learning company, Edmentum. “The wisdom and expertise of these industry leaders is invaluable for Mx, and we truly appreciate their involvement,” says Mr. Martin. “They are role models for our students, guides for our curriculum and the litmus test for the rigor and relevance that we are infusing in every aspect of the Mx Scholar Programs.”
Exciting Opportunities Ahead Last year, as Mx STEM & Aerospace opened for admission, Maryknoll hosted several renowned speakers, including alumnus and Blue Angel pilot Matt Suyderhoud ’01 and former NASA astronaut Mark Polansky. This year, as all four Mx Scholar Programs welcome new applicants, Maryknoll plans to bring more speakers, bring visiting professors from mainland universities to teach classes, and offer engaging opportunities for the community to experience Maryknoll’s amazing academic programs. “It’s a momentous time for Maryknoll on the eve of our 90th anniversary next year,” says Mrs. Tong. “As the future of academics takes shape at our school, it’s wonderful that we are in a sense coming full circle and paying homage to our roots. I know the Sisters would be proud of how we are carrying on their vision.”
The Heart of Innovation The Mx Scholar Programs utilize the latest education models and technology, but are rooted in Maryknoll’s values.
All four areas are open for admission and accepting applications. Visit ThisIsMaryknoll.com to request more information or to apply.
Business & Diplomacy The Mx Scholar Program for Business & Diplomacy offers studies relevant to law, international procedures and policies, personal finance, microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students also have the option of participating in Maryknoll School’s International Programs through mission trips and home stays in countries including China, the Philippines and the Marshall Islands.
Creative Arts & Expression The Mx Scholar Program for Creative Arts & Expression offers a full spectrum of learning pathways in history, literature, philosophy, performing arts, digital arts, visual arts, ceramics, music and religion. This program integrates both left-brained and right-brained learning, merging creative innovation with logical thinking and philosophical development to prepare students for a myriad of future careers.