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Oh dear I'm behind with the build phase
many thanks to the esteemed colleagues at Cal academy of Science who ran a hackathon on Lab_13 last week - I'm sorry I could not stay up through the night for a second time that week to follow the results (once was enough).. but the feedback sounded wonderful and very encouraging..
and now thanks to my Mentor, Maggie Powers in PA I'm creating a handbook to help meet the demand and expressions of interest in Lab_13 from UK, US and around the world..
Just in the past 10 days or so I have been informed of a new Lab_13 in London, and one in South Australia which could be part of a new build in a science specialist school..
Plus my friends in South Korea are tapping me on the shoulder to ask, when will I complete the proposal for a Lab_13 pilot there?
Maggie and I have been sharing a google doc to start the process of creating the Lab_13 Handbook - and if anyone from the TG is interested to contribute there as well as through comments here, I'd be very grateful for all suggestions and ideas..
here is the link..
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yDzlhFEap4anBUTeqBIDear7ux69ORhLhsH-Ny8yk4I/edit
colleagues may need to cut and paste I guess..

I'll be putting in the time over the next few days to pull this together, so do please raise questions with me
and thanks a million for your interest and support.

Here is the latest on the Lab_13 network blog
another link - https://lab13network.wordpress.com/

https://lab13network.wordpress.com/

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yDzlhFEap4anBUTeqBIDear7ux69ORhLhsH-Ny8yk4I/edit

Hi Erin
thanks to you too for your interest in the Lab_13 concept.. you ask about other developments - so please forgive the cut and paste from the earlier reply:
We picked up Lab_13 from Room 13 which is an art room in a school managed by pupils and employing an artist in residence.. so the natural development of the '13' concept is a space managed by children where their curiosity about ANY subject or inclination towards learning is accommodated, and supported by an 'expert' in residence..
So we did have a 'Kitchen_13' for a while.. you can imagine a well equipped space where students choose the topics for Food Science, and employ a Food of Culinary Arts specialist to guide them..
or Garden_13
or City Farm_13
There are Studio_13s for Film, video and recording technology, and also for music..

If the principle is that children learn to BE Scientists in Lab_13 as well as learning Science - you can see how the concept could be applied to History, Philosophy, Literature.. you name it

And on your question of what we have learned about the users, goes on to the notion of the Mantle of the Expert... if you allow children to assume that they have expertise (by putting on Lab_13 logo lab coats, or by holding student management committee meetings for example) they quickly acquire and exercise that expertise.. with confidence and great ability to communicate their thoughts on the matter..

Oh and also on the topic of where else?
I've raised a small grant from the RSA in the UK to develop the concept of Lab_13 International - a global network of Lab_13s.. wherein we can share ideas and different priorities and approaches for STEM learning
So far we have Lab_13s in UK, Ghana and South Australia - we did have one in Texas in an elementary school in Tyler, but the headteacher moved on..- we have expressions of interest from Nigeria and Ethiopia, and now in Korea, where I have just been visiting.. later this year I visit India, and would like to build on the interest in Lab_13 there..
Want to join us?

cheers
R

Hi Margaret - thanks for your interest and interesting Qs..
We picked up Lab_13 from Room 13 which is an art room in a school managed by pupils and employing an artist in residence.. so the natural development of the '13' concept is a space managed by children where their curiosity about ANY subject or inclination towards learning is accommodated, and supported by an 'expert' in residence..
So we did have a 'Kitchen_13' for a while.. you can imagine a well equipped space where students choose the topics for Food Science, and employ a Food of Culinary Arts specialist to guide them..
or Garden_13
or City Farm_13
There are Studio_13s for Film, video and recording technology, and also for music..

If the principle is that children learn to BE Scientists in Lab_13 as well as learning Science - you can see how the concept could be applied to History, Philosophy, Literature.. you name it
the latest from the blog is informative as ever
https://lab13network.wordpress.com/
and did I include reference to the Mantle of the Expert?  a learning technique in which children assume an expertise (and then seem to acquire it)
It's as if the moment they put on their Lab_13 logo lab coats the children become scientists..