Students need a space for exploration, the opportunity to be creative, and the time to follow their interests. At Stamford, we provide a multitude of spaces that benefit the students’ learning experience and also expands to collaborate with various companies and organizations to provide expanded experiences.
The Innovation Center has acted as one of these major spaces for students to explore and has become a creative hub for them, driving collaboration and technology with the objective of developing innovative minds, exploration, learning and thought leadership throughout the school community. Through the Innovation Center, students also are exposed to companies and organizations including Microsoft, Canon, Google, Apple, and various start ups and entrepreneurs, presenting them with experiences beyond the walls of the classroom. From workshops and speaker session with professionals sharing their knowledge to the opportunities to pilot and test various technologies, apps, and games before the worldwide market, students are exposed to so much more.
Housed in a purpose-designed area here on our campus, it fully exploits the contemporary ‘makerspace’ concept. However, it goes a step further in encouraging not only students, but faculty and parents, to actively participate in the hands-on design and production of their ideas … whether improving on an existing idea or realizing a dream, conventional or off-the-wall.
The flexible space has been arranged to allow for classes for students aged 6 to 18 years old. It offers most of the school’s emerging technologies and techniques that are unconventional in a standard classroom, from the school’s 3D printing, electronics, and robotics to textiles/ fashion, various forms of printing, laser cutting and considerably more. If activities are messy, that’s fine because our Innovation Center is messfriendly too. Events, focused sessions, competitions and co-curricular activities are regular occurrences, keenly anticipated by their participants.
Extended commitment to realize the learning that happens within the educational space as well as beyond offers the students the opportunity to experience authentic learning and application.