The Tomlin family at Corbett Prep

Tomlin Family Opens STEAM Lab at Local School

Tomlin St Cyr (TSC) is proud to support Corbett Preparatory School of IDS. The Tomlin family recently helped the Tampa school cut the ribbon to its Tomlin Family Application Lab. TSC co-owners, John and Holly Tomlin, had their three children graduate from Corbett Prep in the 2000s, including Ali St Cyr, also a co-owner at TSC.

“Appreciation and gratitude are the first two words that come to my mind when I think of Holly and John and the entire Tomlin family,” said Nicholas B. Rodriguez, Head of School at Corbett Prep. “The gift of this space will directly impact our Corbett Prep students with engaging learning opportunities and allow us to further grow our mission to educate the whole child.”

Corbett Prep’s App Lab moved into its new 4,000-square-foot home overlooking Lake Lipsey for the 2021-22 school year, launching a learning experience that will benefit all students in PreK3 through 8th grade. Its interdisciplinary curriculum is built into every students’ schedule and allows them to delve into design-thinking structures as they learn to think critically and creatively.

The Tomlins made financial contributions over the course of the last two years to make this happen for the school. “Dr. Swarzman, Nick and his team, and the teachers did all the great ground work and research to get the relevant things there for the kids for this new STEAM Lab,” Holly Tomlin Said. “We are so excited about it. This school has had a huge impact on our children’s lives on so many levels and continues to do so. They focus on the ‘whole child’ and meet the child on the best teaching platform for each and every child to learn in the way they do best. The teachers and tools at Corbett Prep are stellar in all regards.”

The App Lab began as a maker space in 2016 for special class activities, small group enrichment, and after-school clubs. In 2018, Corbett Prep expanded the lab’s reach and renamed it to honor the Tomlins. Part wood shop, part technology center, the App Lab was packed with equipment and soon outgrew its classroom. They relocated to the library building which offered an opportunity to inspire collaboration, reach all students, and expand the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art of design, and mathematics) program.

The remodel also included an overhaul of the computer lab above the library to incorporate video production into the App Lab program. An anchor desk, two green screens, cameras, and monitors will allow students to experiment with multimedia editing and produce WIDS TV regularly. Rows of computers remain available for classes that need dedicated time for keyboarding, coding, and projects.

The Tomlin Family Application Lab establishes a brain-friendly and globally minded setting for students to become empowered as learners. 

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