The RFH Education Foundation is thrilled to announce the opening of the newly constructed STEAM LAB. The renovations were generously funded by many parent benefactors including  a $100,000 donation by a private family foundation dedicated to fostering the expansion of the Computer Science and Engineering curriculums. The number of Computer Science students has increased from 24 to 100 in only one year! Ms. Gulick says the increased interest is "space inspired!"   

Display Technolgy: Announcements

The new technology provides a more up to date and digital way of correlating and displaying pertinent information to our students, staff, administration and guests. New monitors were strategically placed throughout the building. The monitors are hooked up to Raspberry Pi computers which run the RiseVision program to display announcements, information and events throughout RFH. Students gain hands on experience by helping to format the Raspberry Pi computers / monitors as well as prepare the software.

AP with WE Service: InsideOut

​RFH High School windows as well as popular businesses around town, hosted these dynamic photos.  The RFH Foundation funded an AP Art History and AP French dual project entitled CHANGEMAKING: FROM CLASSROOM TO COMMUNITY.  Students and teachers demonstrate the correlation between what we feel inside and what we show on the outside. 

Experimenting in Lab
Genetics & Genomics Biolab

The world of genetics and genomics is evolving at the fastest pace we have seen in any period of scientific discovery. With this in mind, RFH's genetics and genomics education capabilities were updated with a new laboratory. In addition to the mobile genLab, the grant created additional opportunities for students to access and gain hands-on experience with this state-of-the-art technology. By supplementing the school's current electrophoresis equipment with PCR technology for DNA amplification and more current digital genome sequencing equipment students are now able to experience and participate in a real world scientific endeavor. The goal is to give RFH students an edge with college readiness in the STEM subject areas.

El Barrio Art & Mercado Little Spain Tours, NYC

AP Spanish students examined how El Barrio’s identity is defined and reflected through its public art, murals, and gardens. Film Club students documented the events of the day, taking video of student presentations at each of the street art stops. They then compiled and edited the videos to share with RFH Spanish classes, the RFH Education Foundation, and parents. AP students were then able use the final video as a review for the cultural comparison component on the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam.

Vex Robotics

The classroom starter bundle of Vex V5 Robots includes 6 kits that are aligned to Computer Science (CSTA), Technology (ISTE) and Common Core State Standards. The use of the Vex V5 will be implemented into the Engineering curriculum, incorporating a hands-on STEM experience with an introduction into computer science. The Vex V5 Classroom Starter Bundle comes with a scalable software suite (VEXcode) and a series of labs to help develop a students ability to think critically and problem solve. Students will follow a sequence of learning experiences that will require students to build an artifact and speculate the artifacts’ application to the real world. 

MakerBot 3D Printer

Two MakerBot 3D printers will provide 2100 hours of printing and access to 600 hours of curriculum. The cloud-based platform allows students to design and print through their computers. The printers will be integrated into the newly redesigned Graphics course, Engineering and Computer Science classes. The implementation of the grant will create new and dynamic ways to enhance students STEM problem solving and engineering design models by physically producing their own designs.