The speculative future of science learning.
In early 2018, South Wellington Intermediate School collaborated with Massey University Spatial Design students to design and speculate on the possible future of their Science Learning Hub.
"The SWIS Vision is to always challenge the status quo, engaging and inspiring out students to achieve to their highest potential at SWIS and beyond."
The response to this brief manifested itself in a mixed reality, play-based, learning space - STORYLAB. This would function through students being briefed on their lesson plan in the briefing room, before donning Mixed Reality devices, and entering the main Mixed Reality Lab for a journey to take place.
Lessons in STORYLAB would be based around investigation, narrative, and a sense of wonder - the Mixed Reality Lab taking students on journey's through Mars, The Amazon Jungle, and the bottom of the seabed, to name a few.
The foundations of STORYLAB are based on Google's concept of "storyliving", in which a great understanding and sense of empathy is gained through VR based learning.
In this sense, STORYLAB is able to:
- Convey the sense that the student is “living” the story as opposed to being told it (“storyliving” rather than “storytelling”);
- Allow students to expand their perspective and “shapeshift”; and
- Leave students with powerful emotional experiences.