Chase’s three innovation spaces, Imagination Station, Design Shop & Maker Space, and Multi Media Studio, are simply open spaces outside of traditional classrooms where students can ‘think about thinking,’ create and, of course, innovate.
These spaces enhance the Chase curriculum by encouraging students to practice design thinking, work collaboratively, and make use of a combination of high and low tech tools—traditional craft supplies and hand tools, kitchen appliances, squishy circuits, littleBits, 3D printers, a green screen, high-tech photography equipment, a sound stage, a green screen, and recording studios— as they work towards their academic goals.
Tinkering stations around the Lower School serve as stepping stones toward introducing design thinking to young children. Tinkering encourages children to engage playfully, explore, collaborate and invent. By igniting curiosity, tinkering creates conditions for students to imagine new possibilities and try new things.
Because the stations are in the hallways, collaboration among students from different grades is common. Kids also hone interpersonal and problem-solving skills, especially when parts of a project they’ve just completed are repurposed by another student.
Since each station presents different materials and challenges, students are discovering how to explore, adapt and design without realizing how much they are learning!