Lab_13: a space dedicated entirely to investigation, innovation and creativity; a space managed by young people; a space led by young people.
Inspired by the Room 13 network (www.room13scotland.com), an international network of art studios set up in schools to allow children to explore their creativity by following their own rules, Ignite! has developed a family of laboratories based within schools, external from curriculum pressures, and managed entirely by the students of the school.
A Management Team is established in each Lab_13; a small group of students who have the responsibility of the management of the lab. From recruitment to resources, every aspect of Lab_13 is decided on by the Management Team (which recruits replacement members each year, in most cases).
Similar to the artist-in-residence of Room 13s, each Lab_13 Management Team has recruited a ‘person-in-residence’, with either a scientific, engineering or inventing background. A dedicated adult to assist with investigations, ensure the children are conducting experiments safely, and lend a hand where needed!
We now have 8 Lab_13s, in primary and secondary settings, rural and urban environments, and spread across the East Midlands, London, and even into America!
To see what each Lab_13 has been up to, have a look at the student-managed Lab_13 blog - www.lab13network.wordpress.com.