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A Small Room For Big Ideas

The working area, which merely consisted of a small room in 2010, has changed from year to year and become an innovative and flexible learning area under the name of ideaLab. This change and transformation means not only the construction and use of a physical area, but also the realization of an idea. It stands for a transformation in our ways of working, studying and thinking, and also in students, teachers, parents, curricula, and many other variables that make up a school environment — transforming the entire school into a learning area.

ideaLab is a learning area that is centered around students’ learning, problem solving and collaboration skills. As a learning and living space where our students demonstrate their potential before university and choosing a profession, ideaLab inspires us all. This is the inspiration and culture that leads the Hisar Community to re-think education and to re-design learning environments. 

Teaching strategies, curricula and learning environments constitute a powerful combination for a better learning experience. In this respect, “flexible” is the keyword:

  • Flexible Curriculum
  • Flexible Learning Environments
  • Flexible Learning Styles

This is how teachers and students alike have the chance to focus on exploring and learning more. IdeaLab is a study area created for all students who want to work on programming, robotics, graphic design, multimedia, electronics, 3D design, entrepreneurship and innovation, application development, and prototyping.

ideaLab, which is used for all CS courses and projects covering different disciplines, houses materials that support national and international competitions and activities, as well as STE(A)M materials students use to realize their individual and group projects. It is used as a working and living space for Computer Science teachers and students alike, allowing for continuous learning. This area is designed in a way to be always accessible to students.

A Journey From Teaching To Learning

The most powerful aspect of ideaLab is that teachers and students work together with the same enthusiasm to create a new learning environment together to deliver a project that grows, develops and transforms with them. The passion for learning among students has grown day by day since the launch of this area and students have begun to manage their own time, learning materials and processes.

In ideaLab, our students work on a number of interesting, garage-type projects of various sizes and technologies, including arcade games, drone works, face-emotion recognition devices, IoT projects, RaspberryPi, Arduino, and Microbit. Our students regularly participate in, and host, many local and international projects, conferences and hackathons, thus having the opportunity to realize their potentials and dreams. The projects realized by our students at ideaLab contribute greatly to their university life. While they continue their education at selected universities such as MIT, CMU, PRINCETON, STANFORD, and UPEN, they benefit from their portfolio and experiences acquired in CS at Hisar School. Our graduates maintain their connections with ideaLab and support many students and projects as mentors.

Living, Changing and Transforming Learning Environments

Students studying in these areas enjoy invaluable learning achievements, take responsibility for their own learning, and realize that learning is a process including the steps of Make, Fail, Learn and Repeat. Our students’ passion and motivation for learning is what pushes ideaLab to develop and grow every year in line with existing needs every year. ideaLab continues to develop as a living learning area by diversifying to cover the A-B-C block areas ideaLab Multimedia, ideaLab Fabrication, and ideaLab.

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IdeaLab – Fabrication

A CNC Device and 75W Laser Cutter are used to help our students implement their designs and prototypes developed in their Graphic Design & Multimedia, 3D Design, Robotics & Programming studies. Our students are able to use these devices to cut their designs on wood, metal or plexi plates and to engrave them on metal.

With these devices, IdeaLab in our School has physically reached the Fablab status. Located in the garden outside the school building, this area is used under the mentoring of our computer teachers. So, our students undertake 1:1 prototyping,  product designs, and digital-interactive and creative projects in mechanics, engineering and design.

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IdeaLab – Multimedia

This is a study space designed for all students who want to work on graphic design and multimedia, robotics (FLL, lego), electronics, 3D design, green screen projects, entrepreneurship and innovation, application development, and prototyping.

In addition to the materials supporting all design courses in CS, this area is used to prepare for local and international competitions, to create university admission portfolios, and to realize individual and group projects. It also hosts teacher trainings on educational technologies. It is used as a working and living space for CS teachers and students, allowing for continuous learning, and is always accessible to students.