DMG Receives Classroom Innovation Grant
Dr. Morris Gibson School has received a Classroom Program Innovation Projects grant of $24,500 to go towards the establishment of an innovative learning space to be known as "Doc's Design Lab". This space will be located in the upper level of our Learning Commons (formerly 2/3I classroom). It will be designed to align with the concept of a 'MakerSpace'.
What is a MakerSpace?
Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. A makerspace is not solely a science lab, woodshop, computer lab or art room, but it may contain elements found in all of these familiar spaces. Therefore, it must be designed to accommodate a wide range of activities, tools and materials. Diversity and cross-pollination of activities are critical to the design, making and exploration process, and they are what set makerspaces and STEAM labs apart from single-use spaces. A possible range of activities might include:
- Cardboard construction
- Digital fabrication
- Building bicycles and kinetic machines
- Textiles and sewing
Source: Edutopia: Designing a School MakerSpace by Jennifer Cooper
How will the money be spent?
The majority of the money will go towards the purchase of furniture and equipment for this innovative learning space. Some of the ideas in our initial concept include tinkering tables, lego wall, white board tables, sound studio, flexibile seating, and work benches. The space will also include a variety of different technologies including SmartBoards, Robotics, Coding Stations, and video creation stations. A portion of the funding will also go towards providing training for staff focussed on designing learning opportunities for students that will make optimal use of this new innovative learning space.
The planned opening of Phase I of Doc's Design Lab is January 2018! Stay tuned for more information!