The I.D.E.A. Lab
The Idea Lab is a multipurpose learning space in which students are encouraged to actively engage in experiential learning. In the Idea Lab, we aim to prepare 21st century thinkers through a program of innovation and inquiry; through knowledge and practice of computational technology and pre-coding skills; and through problem-solving using the Engineering Design Process and all the tools of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). The activities within the Lab are structured to include time for planning, collaboration, and design and creation. Students’ ideas are shared and each child learns to give, receive and use peer feedback. Through the challenges that children undertake in the Lab, they learn to take risks, embrace collaboration, persevere in problem-solving and work through the creative process. Reflection at the end of a challenge is an integral part of the program.