Earl Center Hours: Monday: CLOSED | Tuesday – Thursday:  9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Friday:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.| Sunday: 12 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Wheelock College or FLO/FLC institutional ID is required for entry one hour before closing.

What is the Earl Center?

The Earl Center for Learning and Innovation supports the academic and professional experience of the Wheelock community and serves as a resource for current and future educators, social workers, and child life professionals within Wheelock and across Boston. Together with the Library, we provide a rich, well-rounded set of resources for both research and practice.

Laptops and iPads available!

Not seeing enough computers?  That's because the Earl Center lends out Macbook Airs and iPads!  With the ready availability of outlets, you can get your work (or gaming!) done in many areas of the Earl Center. 

Interactive Touchscreen

It is not only young children who can learn through meaningful hands-on experiences, like touching. 

The Third Space

Colorful area rugs and soft furniture make this space a very informal and relaxed area to meet, study, and do small group work.

The Importance of Play

The Earl Center is a place to learn about and develop hands-on learning activities and to explore new educational materials and technologies.

A Center for Design Thinking

The Earl Center encourages a human-centered approach for finding creative solutions and developing new and innovative ideas.  Contact us for help setting up a design thinking exercise! 

Tech À la Carte

Wednesday, Feburary 3rd  1:30-3pm, Earl Center.   Stevie Rumney will present a menu of technology tools for your experiential pleasure. Join the discussion on practical integration of these devices into your work, enjoy hands-on experimentation, come and play. Meet the 3D printer, MakeyMakey, Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Minecraft. Refreshments. All are invited! RSVP earlcenter@wheelock.edu 

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Earl Center in Action


Featured Item: 3D Printing with NVBots

The newest addition to the collection at the Center is the NVBOTS 3D printer.  It is automated so that it can run over night and on weekends.  Accounts are available to the entire community enabling you to send your files to be printed-for free. To get started you can explore sites like Thingiverse or Turbosquid  to download files that others have designed. You can also design your own files with Tinkercad . Watch for workshops on getting started or make an appointment to discuss your project. Send your email to Mare at mparker-otoole@wheelock.edu for an account.

Latest Post from View From the Earl Center:

Learning by Messing Around: Play in the Service of Learning

Discover the different sounds you can produce with the rocksPlay is one of those institutions that almost all educators recognize as a critical part of children’s learning. Ironically it is often the first thing to get cut in pursuit of “high stakes testing” and rigor. There have been articles suggesting that kindergarten and even pre-school are the new “first Continue Reading

Contact Us

Earl Center for Learning and Innovation
180 Riverway
Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Mare Parker O'Toole
Assistant Director, Earl Center for Learning & Innovation

Wheelock College Library
132 Riverway, Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Earl Center for Learning and Innovation
180 Riverway, Boston, Massachusetts 02215