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Creatica Lab

location_on Beijing, China
Creatica Lab challenge communities to rethink education through hosting immersive, hands-on creation makerspaces that leverage interactive technology and innovative designs.
Joanna Wei, Co-Founder, Creatica Lab
We empower kids to be innovators and makers of the future.

Joanna Wei, Co-Founder, Creatica Lab

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Innovation Overview

6 - 14
Age Group
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Children/Users
2
Countries
2012
Established
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3 048
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Updated on October 19th, 2020
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What is Creatica Lab?

Many young people are motivated by technology and the chance to design and make something of their own. The opportunity to practice these skills can be invaluable, as they are highly beneficial in both life and work. Yet most learners do not have a platform to do so, as schools often lack the funding, space and expertise to offer this type of learning in-house.

In addition to this, young people can feel pressured to conform to educational standards, such as passing entrance exams, and to pursue certain careers due to societal expectations. The opportunity to work alongside professionals from different fields and to see different models of success can encourage young people to explore the idea of careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths), which they may not have previously considered.

Creatica Lab was established in China to provide children with a suitable space to explore design thinking, develop creative confidence and build skills. Originally a summer camp, Creatica Lab now also offers workshops and support to schools to establish 'makerspaces', providing access to cutting edge technology, expertise and a core curriculum.

One of Creatica's most popular classes is called Brushbot. It teaches students to make robots out of toothbrushes by wiring them to vibrating motors. Another class, Talking Buddies, teaches students to design a character, make a cardboard cut-out and make it talk by connecting it to a small recording device.

Creatica Lab strives to create and nurture a learning environment that encourages the widest, broadest and deepest range of experiences for young people, rooted in the firm belief that knowledge is a consequence of experience.

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May 2019
2000 views
October 2017
HundrED 2018
October 2017
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Introduce the ideas of Creatica Lab
Most schools who work with Creatica Lab choose to receive training materials and support for teachers to use themselves, while some schools may also wish to receive the guidance of professional makers as mentors.
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Always keep the learners in mind
A balance of guidance and independence is important within every Creatica Lab workshop and makerspace.
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Start creating!
Creatica Labs are all about giving learners the opportunity to test new ideas and explore their imaginations.
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Integrate creating into the curriculum
Classes can be designed around whatever learners are creating to deepen their understanding.
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