Inly’s new innovation lab, named for the famous Italian polymath*, was designed to spark imagination, fuel curiosity, and encourage creative thinking. It’s a place for tinkering, improvising, testing ideas and questioning assumptions. It’s a flexible learning space for different projects in integrated academic subjects — and for cool after-school clubs and classes.
*A polymath is a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning. Leonardo da Vinci was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer.
Inquire, Implement, Invent and Imagine
The “four I’s” — inquire, implement, invent and imagine — give form and structure to the creative thinking process at Inly. It’s Inly’s own unique (or some might say, magic) formula! Students in kindergarten through eighth grade engage in this process as part of curriculum-based academic projects, as well as during informal sessions. Students can visit the da Vinci Studio spaces to act out their own stories, skits or screenplays in front of a green screen, to compose a movie score or test out some beats in the DJ suite, to make and test their own robot — or to just plain tinker.
Most important, students are invited to imagine, innovate and implement without fear of failure or any need for perfection. They can test ideas, invent and then reinvent, and try and try again. Iteration is what it’s all about!