The 630 sq m Design Centre at GEMS World Academy Singapore fully immerses students in a ‘zone’ where they can sit or stand, design or build, and look at the past to help create the future.
Equipped with hammers, saws, laser cutters, pottery wheels, 3D printers, forges, robotics kits and sewing machines, this makerspace is an inspirational space for students to study design and technology courses throughout the IB’s Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. It is also taking students out of a typical classroom environment to study the IB’s Career-Related Programme in the arts, when they can focus on anything from animation to fashion design.
As well as having workshop-style rooms, this makerspace has a huge central area filled with a design library, displays of cameras, hoovers and kettles that showcase innovation and design through the ages alongside shelves filled with student-designed board games, wooden phone holders, LED lights and fabric bags.
The school says: “This inspirational space is equipped with the latest technologies in the field of design, and gives students the inventive flair needed to become tomorrow’s innovators and entrepreneurs. Everything in a good IB school should be able to contextualise the learning and bring it back to the real-world.”
Read our review of GEMS World Academy here.