A conceptual walkthrough of the McLeod Innovation Center entrance, showing the open space and the stairwell leading down from Xavier First Floor.
The McLeod Innovation Center is Coming
There is no doubt that STEM has been one of the most popular terms in secondary education for the past two decades. Public and private schools throughout the United States have sought to ramp up their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs to prepare students for success in a world of evolving technologies and economies. Fairfield Prep seeks to build on our tradition of excellence in this area by expanding and modernizing already robust offerings in the sciences and mathematics.
A generous gift from Chris ’73 and Elaine McLeod now launches Fairfield Prep into the future of science, technology, and innovation learning.
Prep will conduct two large renovation projects in Xavier Hall beginning in the summer of 2020. First is a remodeling of the fourth floor labs and classrooms into state-of-the-art science suites, complemented by common learning spaces.
Second is the creation of the McLeod Innovation Center, an entirely new floor (11,000 sq/ft) replete with classrooms, a robotics lab, maker spaces, video production, and a cyber-cafe area. It will also be home to Prep’s Entrepreneurship Institute, where students can build business plans alongside prototypes.
The sleek look and advanced equipment will position Prep as the leader in Connecticut secondary education.
Prep students are extremely talented. We are excited to support the establishment of a space where they can learn about innovation and transform their ideas into products, processes, organizations and initiatives that can change the world.
— Chris McLeod ’73