What are described as scientific “experiments” in schools hardly ever allow students to truly experiment or derive from it the joy of discovering or creating something new. They are actually scientific procedures, prescribed in a book, which students are instructed to follow so they can achieve the prescribed result.
We have a “Makerspace” in our school where students, teachers and industry experts can gather to share resources, network, create and learn. The Makerspace is not solely a science lab, wood shop, computer lab or art room, but contains elements found in all of these spaces. It will have 3D printer, laser-cutter, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools. It will provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build or just tinker.
The traditional physics, chemistry and biology laboratories will be redesigned into an integrated “R&D Science Suite” – complete with active labs, messy-projects area, student-display area and “think-tanks”. Here the high-school students will be able do what their industry counterparts do – work as scientists doing active research, working collaboratively and testing hypotheses.