Innovative design runs deep at Friends School, a long history with Lacrosse.

On the heals of the STX visit to Friends School we cannot forget about Joe Cowan ’64. Joe worked with STX on the development with the change from wooden to aluminum sticks with STX while a student at JHU his Junior year.

” The advent by STX of the Lacrosse stick was in my opinion the most significant factor in the enormous growth of lacrosse.” 

Check out the interview by our very own Kyle Harrison ’01. See Page 22 and 23 of Collection Magazine.

Our very own Jon Garman 75′, has his original stick he played with AND a very early fiberglass model STX lacrosse head.

88 MPH !!! Fast design comes to Friends Schools with a visit from STX

Today was an exciting day at the Friends School of Baltimore.  STX Lacrosse’s design team Austin Brown, Industrial designer and John Coe, Mechanical Engineer visited the Upper School to speak at Collection about the process of designing  cutting edge sports equipment. John and Austin play different roles in the design process but work hand in hand to reach the products goal. The talk was informative and students were led through the process of how a new head is designed and then tested.

The presentation kicked off with the just released STX promo video:Progression Fueled by Athletes – Stallion 700 .  Kyle Harrison ’04 was a featured athlete in the video.

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Austin Brown holding steady as the students take aim and let it fly!


The afternoon Prototype and Speed testing was a success. Twenty students and a few Faculty participated in the testing with a top speed was reached of 88 MPH by none other than Will Mortimer 17′ pictured below with Austin and John.


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The day ended with our students giving feedback on some of the latest prototypes STX has made. There was even talk about Senior work projects with STX and a clinic to string heads to achieve different performances.  I’m sure STX will be making another visit in the future to Friends School.



Genius Time has begun in the 4th grade

As the new school year gets under way, Genius Time has begun in the 4th grade. Genius Time gives students the opportunity to explore their own passions. Students choose a topic of interest to extensively research and explore. They begin first by asking a driving question that guides them throughout their research. They then utilize their research skills to discover the answers to their questions, all the while discovering new questions as they learn new information about their topic. Genius Time gives students an opportunity to have voice and choice about what they learn.

Here is a

video update on some 4th grade Genius Time projects.

Kindergarten Moon Making in the Makerspace

Mrs. Fleury’s kindergarten loves the moon! We are learning about the phases of the moon, some of the men who have gone to the moon, and what the atmosphere is like on the moon. We decided we would like to spend the day on the moon and each child decided what they would need to bring with them.

Some children wanted to bring a stuffed animal and so they made crates for them that would work on the moon. Other children designed helmets, and one child designed a bed for sleeping (with a rope to tie her on the bed so she would not float away!) We used boxes, tape, fabric, wire, batteries and much more! Some of us learned about simple circuits and our equipment lights up! We used the green screen to help us “go to the moon” and we explained our inventions on film. Our next trip to the moon will be on Monday October 17th.






Learn to CODE


This week, Friends School of Baltimore encourages all students and parents to learn code.

-Launched in 2013,® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science should be part of core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra.-

Friends Student goes to the White House. SXSL 2016


Earlier this year, President Obama traveled to South by Southwest® for a conversation on civic engagement. In Austin, he called on creative thinkers and entrepreneurs from across the country to help tackle our toughest challenges. On Monday, October 3, we’re celebrating that spirit of innovation at South by South Lawn, a White House festival of   ideas, art, and action.


At SXSL, we’ll call on every American to roll up their sleeves and discover their own way to make a positive difference in our country. And it’s an opportunity to celebrate the inspiring work so many Americans have already accomplished.

World Maker Faire 2016

Upper School students from Friends School and Garrison Forest joined forces on Sunday to attend the World Maker Faire in New York. The day was full of amazing feasts of making, tinkering and human creativity. The latest in educational technology, Maker Space projects and industry leaders were all present at the event. Performances, Races, demos, and lectures…too many to see them all in one day. Can’t wait till next year!

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Aquaponics at Friends went live this week!

Aquaponics at Friends went live this week! After more than a year of dedicated designing, planning, and building our own aquaponics system from scratch, this week we placed our first fish and seedlings in our system. Three gold fish (lovingly named Chester, Bartholomew and Ralph) are now in the fish tank. Sorrel, kale and lettuce seedlings (generously donated by Hopkins Center For A Livable Future’s Food Lab) are in the grow bed.

We will monitor the levels of ammonia , nitrite, and nitrate in the system. Once nitrate levels peak and we know we have a healthy colony of nitrifying bacteria in the system, we will add more goldfish. All produce will be donated to a local food bank.