Dr. Suzanne Openlander ’53 Resource Center & Makerspace

NDA’s Resource Center and Makerspace supports and encourages student based inquiry!

Welcome to Notre Dame Academy’s Dr. Suzanne Openlander ’53 Resource Center & Makerspace Information Page! This space is both a quiet place for students to study or read and an information hub for the school. Our resource center has many learning support options that students can even access from home!

Reference and research databases

NDA subscribes to various academic databases, in addition to those standard options at most high school; such as INFOhio and the Toledo Public Library! These multimedia resources  can even  be accessed anytime, anywhere.

Please click on the hyperlink below to be directed to the database:


Over 500 reference books in full text and many primary sources
Archives Unbound; Artemis Primary Sources; Global Issues in Context; Science in Context, U.S. History in Context, World History in Context

It provides over 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world.


Start your research here! Featuring over 76,000 books and 5 million articles
Use bookmarks, highlighting, folders and citation tools for easy reference


Use this for researching the collections which include:

  • Issues & Controversies
  • Literature Criticisms
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Explore viewpoints on a wide range of social, political, and economic issues.

Access 100+ popular/classic fiction and nonfiction using computer, iPad, or android device


Register for an account: http://tinyurl.com/ndajstor
Great for the IB Student!
Access scholarly research articles and other secondary sources

Great collection of searching databases, looking for reference materials, videos and much more for ALL subjects!


The center utilizes Overdrive which is recognized as the industry leader in library-based lending of ebooks. Overdrive provides students instant eBook access on any device (iPad, e-reader, smartphone, laptop, desktop). Customized settings and integrated dictionaries enhance the reading experience!


Click on the image above to connect to Overdrive.


Think. Tinker. Discover.

Our Makerspace is intended to helping our students prepare the critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Our 3-D printer, custom vinyl cutter, puzzles, and other hands-on problem solving opportunities, open to all students grades 7 -12, provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills, and collaborative learning.  Learn more by clicking here to read Making Spaces, our Resource Center Newsletter.

3-D Printer

The Dr. Suzanne Openlander ’53 Resource Center and Makerspace is equipped with  two 3D printers After being trained on the mechanics, the printer is available to all students, faculty, and staff. The addition of this printer into the makerspace is another addition of STEAM resources, courses, clubs, and events that NDA offers to inspire our girls to develop confidence in STEAM fields and endeavors.  3D printing is technology that help students gain a deeper understanding of engineering, architecture, and sciences. It makes technology visible, engages reluctant learners, and creates inventors! 3D printing gives NDA students access to technologies that impact career fields such as scientific research, architecture, manufacturing, engineering, and healthcare.

Vinyl Cutter

NDA’s makerspace includes a vinyl cutter,  allowing students to design and create customized vinyl decals. Students can use this technology for both academic pursuits as well as personal projects such as personalized signs and laptop stickers.


Students work with vinyl cutting software.

The vinyl cutter adds so many create options to the makerspace!


Creating designs in the software to print.

STEM - Arduino Education

NDA will introduce Arduino,  an open-source hardware, software and content platform with a global community. It’s intended for anyone making interactive projects.  Arduino technology is used to develop, teach, learn and play.  Girls curious about STEM fields : At universities it is widely adopted in the fields of engineering, Internet of Things, robotics, art, and design, to name just a few.

Additional Makerspace Tools

  • Art Supplies
  • GoPro Rentals
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Brain Teaser Challenges
  • Bloxels  (IPad Application Game Creator)

Coming soon to the Makerspace! MORE! MORE! MORE!

NDA will be continuing to build on makerspace resources and equipment throughout this school year, as well as introducing new equipment and resources to encourage learning and curiosity into STEM related activities during next school year!