Innovation Center – A unique place to innovate

Wednesday, 30/05/2018, 11:05 (GMT+7)

This year, Vinschool have opened the first Innovation Center, an innovation and experiment space for students, at Vinschool The Harmony Campus. Based on the best practices of designing creative spaces for students in the USA and Israel, The Innovation Center’s aim is to promote students’ creativity and invention abilities as well as provide a favorable  environment  to nurture students’ passion for science and technology.

The Innovation Center is built based on the “Makerspace” concept – which is very popular across schools in many developed countries. At the Innovation Center, students learn to use new technologies to work on many interesting projects integrated in the ICT programs as well as in extra-curricular clubs to develop creative thinking and be ready for the changes of the technology age.

Students are encouraged to be curious and creative while implementing projects in such diverse disciplines: Designing and manufacturing daily life products; Programming Robotics and Automations; and projects that are integrated with other subjects such as ICT, Physics and Arts.

The Innovation Center is well equipped with necessary tools and equipment for students’ creative process. Students can use from the simplest tools & equipment such as hammers, pincers, scissors, motors, batteries, screws to the high-tech machines such as 3D printers, laser cutting machines, CNC sculpture machines to create their own products.

Image: After using the graphic design software Corel, students will use the laser cutting machine to manufacture their prototype.

Students can find many microprocessors as well as various types of sensors to design smart products in Automation and Robotics projects

Besides, students can familiarize themselves with modern technologies to realize their original ideas into specific products. Image: Students use TinkerCad 3D design software and 3D printer to make their own products.

Along with interesting learning projects, Innovation Center is an ideal place to promote STEM education (integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to students.

Students with passion in technology can also register to use Innovation Center to implement their own ideas and projects with the mentorship of experienced teachers at no cost.

This is also where many innovation contests are held for students to demonstrate their enthusiasm in science, technology as well as their unlimited creativity through practical and meaningful projects. The most recent Innovation contest of Vinschool attracted 80 groups of participants.

Combining knowledge from many subjects such as ICT, Physic, Chemistry, Biology and many useful tools at the Innovation Center, students have successfully created many useful products and projects such as: Automatic water purifier and plant watering machine; Automatic lawn mower; Environmental conservation education game, etc.

Also, in 2018, the Vinschool Education System has officially signed an agreement with the Junior Achievement Vietnam Organization and the Bach Khoa Ha Noi Technology Investment and Development Company Limited to implement the Financial Mindset and Startup Education Program for students. Together with the opening of Innovation Center, these are strong statements that Vinschool does not stop at educating students invention capabilities, but also wants to nurture start-up mindset, innovative spirit which will give students competitive advantages in future workplaces.

The Vinschool Innovation Center is built based on the “Makerspace” model – a famous innovation and experiment space model in the developed countries to promote STEM education and students’ inventiveness. This is an open space equipped with full instruments for students’ invention activities.

In 2016, President Obama announced the strategies for promoting STEM education in the U.S.A. 1,400 American high schools have committed to bring the innovation and experiment space “Makerspaces” to more than 1 million students in 50 states. In Israel, this model is implemented not only at schools but also at many community centers and science museums providing easy access to students allowing them to have hands-on experiences at these creative spaces.