The Idea Lab is designed to foster 21st century learning using a high-tech, changeable and interactive classroom space. The Lab actively invites and promotes design thinking, creativity, collaboration, and multiple forms of learning, producing, and communicating. Students and faculty are provided an ideal environment for experimentation, interdisciplinary activities, and alternative forms of expression, while encouraging research, risk-taking, invention, and innovation.
“It has long been recognized that teacher-centered instruction is the least effective methodology for student learning. Students need the freedom to more deeply explore their ideas and to work together with their peers to design solutions to challenges without the constraints of predetermined solutions and pathways.” - Michael Jedrey, Head of the Middle School
Unlike any other learning and making environment on campus, the Idea Lab is a dynamic, technology-infused space for students and faculty across all divisions and disciplines. The Lab can effectively accommodate a presentation model where students or faculty are addressing the class as a whole. It can then be quickly rearranged to support small teams for creative brainstorming, with students using the whiteboard wall spaces and portable white boards to capture and record their ideas for all to see.
- Cutting-edge projection capabilities
- High-tech interactive whiteboard
- Steelcase mobile furniture
- Rolling dividers
- Large screen iMac desktop computers
The Idea Lab is located in the Hale Science Center building, and was made possible with the generous support of The Champlin Foundations and parents of the Class of 2016.