The opening of Blair’s 170th year brought all the excitement that every new school year brings, but this September, students and teachers had even more to celebrate: The Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration (CIC) opened its doors just after classes got underway. Home of Blair’s technology and fine arts departments, the open-architecture, technology-rich academic center is unlike any other campus facility. In the days following its opening, the building was already abuzz with activity: Students had their first classes in intriguing courses, such as artificial intelligence and film and animation; after-school activities, such as yearbook and robotics, geared up for the semester ahead; and clubs and class councils convened in the CIC’s café and flexible, comfortable meeting spaces well into the evenings.
Below, several students and teachers to share their initial experiences in the School’s newest academic building, a venue designed to inspire creativity and facilitate hands-on, collaborative learning. Their impressions give the entire Blair community a view into the activities taking place within the CIC’s glass-walled spaces—and a glimpse at how these activities will continue to build on the best of Blair’s academic and community traditions.