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The McMakerspace is our state-of-the-art makerspace that allows students to explore, design, build, and create using physical and virtual tools and materials.

In our McMakerspace, students explore the world with virtual field trips to Mecca. They visit national parks, design and print 3D bird beaks, create and construct game boards and game pieces, and program mini-robots. Students create real world applications for classroom concepts and build perseverance as they experiment, test, evaluate, and modify their creations, and they develop important 21st century skills such as collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.

The McMakerspace is available daily for classroom use and by individual appointment.  Contact Mrs. Emily Materna or Mrs. Chelsea Almer to arrange a time to use the space or join us weekly after school for Maker Club. During Maker Club, students can work on projects of their choosing or help with projects that faculty, staff, and community members have asked us to complete.  Reach out to Mrs. Emily Materna if you have a project idea or need.

Two McNicholas students using VR goggles.
Two McNicholas students compete in a bot race.
McNicholas students gather around a table, making an ozobot track.
McNicholas student controls Sphero with her phone.
McNicholas student working with cubitz.


Academic News

McNicholas welcome three new faculty and staff members.

Please join us in welcoming three new faculty and staff members to the McNicholas family. Mr. Pete Collopy joins the Athletic Department as a strength and conditioning coach, Mrs. Julie Miller has returned to McNicholas as full-time math tutor and co-teacher, and Mrs. Andrea Wheeler joins us as a full-time co-teacher in the English Department.

McNicholas Athletic Director awards the inaugural Bonded Together Award.

Parents, coaches, and student athletes gathered in the Bogenschutz Gym to celebrate an exciting and successful fall sports season. During the Fall Sports Awards program, Athletic Director Drew Schmidt recognized the accomplishments of teams and individuals, applauded the spirit of the Launch Pad and Rocket fans, and thanked the seniors for four-year commitments to their school and their sport.

McNicholas High School student athlete Pierce Taylor who celebrates his intent to continue his athletic career as a Division

Congratulations to student athlete Pierce Taylor who celebrated his intent to continue his athletic career as a Division I wrestler at Ohio University. Pierce is a decorated three-sport athlete and is currently ranked in the Ohio Top 20 for the Class of 2022 wrestlers.

McNicholas celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a bilingual Mass

Over the past month, Hands Across Campus (HAC) has led our community in the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, a time dedicated to recognizing influential Hispanic Americans and their positive impact on society.

McNicholas band wins five first place trophies and Reserve Grand Champion

The Rocket Marching Band started their competition season off with two strong performances at the Lebanon High School Band Invitational and the Goshen Band Invitational, bringing home trophies as Lebanon’s Fan Favorite and Goshen’s Reserve Grand Champion.

McNicholas High School cheerleaders welcome Rockets with sign.

McNicholas is excited to celebrate Homecoming this weekend! We will kick off the celebration with a Homecoming Field Day & Pep Rally on Friday, Oct. 8. Weather permitting, the pep rally will be held at Penn Station Stadium beginning at 9:45 a.m. Parents are welcome to join us; students will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m.

Sadly, due to a COVID cancellation, we are unable to play the Friday evening Homecoming football game. As such, there will be no on-campus activity on Friday evening.

McNicholas High School's three National Merit Semifinalists

McNicholas High School is proud to announce that seniors Ethan Koran, Erin McManus, and Jason Munzel are semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) program. Semifinalists represent the top 1% of seniors nationwide based on the results of the PSAT/NMSQT test the students took as juniors.

The interactive tools in the McMakerspace include…

  • Virtual Reality Set
  • 4 computers with specific design software
  • 3 3D printers
  • Laminator
  • Spheros
  • Cubelets
  • Makey Makey
  • Legos
  • Art Supplies
  • CNC Router
  • Poster Printer

Have questions about our our McMakerspace?

Emily Materna

Emily Materna

Director of Educational Technology
Chelsea Almer

Chelsea Almer