The opening of the new ®LEGO Innovation Studio in 2016 was a landmark for S. Anselm’s and it is now hard to imagine the school without this exceptional facility.
Where innovation is concerned, traditional subject boundaries are consigned to the past and children have the opportunity to explore their project-based learning and focus on finding solutions to problems in an imaginative, creative and collaborative way.
As well as supporting all areas of curriculum delivery, the studio serves many purposes: robotics centre, STEM club, 3D design studio, architecture workshop (using our extensive LEGO Architecture sets), TV/green screen filming studio and theme park construction area, to name but a few in recent months.
Children in Years 1 and 2 use the Innovation Studio with their Form Tutors and from Year 3 onwards specialist Coding Lessons are a timetabled subject for all children.
The electronic ˚LEGO really captivates children’s imagination and inspires them to take the first steps in programming as early as Pre-Prep, using picture blocks of ‘code’ on the iPads to create instructions that can be sent wirelessly to their robots.
Older children use the advanced Mindstorm robots (which are used as a resource in the first year of Engineering at Cambridge University) as well as learning RobotC text based programming language which is widely used in University robotics departments. Using a wide array of motors and sensors (including motion detectors, light sensors, gyroscopes and infrared), pupils are encouraged to find their own individual solutions to problems, working in a similar way to those designing robots and machines in industry.
Many amazing structures emerge from the studio’s 3D printers from mechanical inventions to artistic creations.
Without doubt, the Innovation Studio is a firm favourite with S. Anselm’s pupils, who never fail to seize wet breaks and free time on Wednesday evenings as further opportunities to immerse themselves in its fabulous facilities.