Friday 19th October marks the opening of FutureTech, a centre for learning that incorporates a LEGO® Education Innovation Studio; purposely designed to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through hands-on, cross-curricular projects and creative problem-solving activities
FutureTech is a newly designed building with workspaces for 3D, digital, automotive, electronic, robotics and engineering activities, and fully integrating LEGO Education hardware and software resources for schools. The Surrey centre has been designed by Reeds School, an Independent boarding and day school for 11-18 year olds, to deliver opportunities for pupils to “think intelligently, create boldly and work smartly” in developing new ideas and solutions to real, everyday problems”.
FutureTech is a unique example of integrated efforts by education and enterprise. The project is supported by British companies Cargill PLC, Alexander Dennis, The Go-Ahead Group, LEGO Education, Seymourpowell and Siemens. It demonstrates the commitment of businesses to help schools make science, engineering and design experiences into career choices for the future.
LEGO Education Innovation Studios are a popular new concept being introduced to schools across Europe; evidence that there is growing interest in STEM teaching, and bringing more 21st century learning practice to classrooms. Reeds’ Studio will also be used for corporate training programs.
Ward Van Duffel, Managing Director, for LEGO Education says, “This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a school that is challenging the boundaries of traditional approaches to education, and providing students with experiences that are hands-on, relevant and engaging, and that prepare them for life. FutureTech is the kind of initiative that LEGO Education is very proud to be a part of.”