UCC’s new Atkins Family Design Lab will promote learning in all areas
UCC’s Horizons program will run a coding and design program after school on Tuesdays beginning later this month. The Grade 8 students participating in the Horizons special needs program will consider empathy as the first stage of designing a product to facilitate the life experience of their younger buddy, according to Director Jyoti Sehgal.
UCC has embraced design as an approach to learning and it needed a space where boys could engage in this process and collaborate with their peers.
“With this space the boys can go through the whole cycle, including prototyping their design plans,” says Miskew.
“We have had many students designing and building at the school for a long time. We wanted to have space where they could do this and also create an opportunity to draw in other students.”
The Design Lab opened during the last week of September, and students building robotic designs and laser cutter demonstrations helped launch the space. Guests had the opportunity to ride a robotic chair that could be turned into a backpack for easier mobility.
“We had some boys sharing their work, including some interesting technology that reads brainwave patterns and processes them for input to a computer,” says Miskew.
Upper Canada College’s new Atkins Family Design Lab has opened and, with its variety of tools, materials and everything else it has to offer, it should be a popular space. “We demonstrated a product produced by a Year 8 last year which allowed them to shoot a smooth, continuous shot when filming. The product was built using 3D printing technology and some ingenuity.”
The launch drew initial interest in the Design Lab and Miskew believes it will continue to support learning in all areas by students and UCC community members alike.
“We want the students to have the ability to design, create, innovate and collaborate with people who they don't necessarily see in their day to day school life.”