This year’s Harbison Lecturer was Leigh Northrup, Dean of Innovation and Technology at Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina. For the last 17 years, Northrup has been teaching and leading the maker movement. At the conclusion of his talk to Upper School students, Northrup told them, “You are all makers.”
In addition to the lecture, Northrup spoke with Middle School students and shared his experience in a hands-on activity with our STEM faculty. Teachers created underwater robots through SeaPerch, an innovative robotics program, and tested them out in the William R. Orthwein Sr. Pool inside the Steward Family Aquatic Center.
The Harbison Lecture is named for Mr. Earle H. and Mrs. Suzanne Siegel Harbison. Mrs. Harbison graduated from Mary Institute in 1945, beginning a long lineage of Harbisons to attend the School. The Harbisons established the Harbison Lecture Fund in 1994 to commemorate Mrs. Harbison’s 50th Class Reunion.