The Co.Lab at 536 West 26th Street will provide state-of-the-art project labs for the exclusive use of Upper Division students. This purpose-built facility occupies an entire floor above the new Early Learning Center and is accessible via elevators from the lobby. Containing dedicated areas for the pursuit of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math), the Co.Lab is a signature Avenues space where the principles of collaboration and innovation will be brought to life.
Conceived as an environment to encourage ideation and experimentation, the Co.Lab supports the interdisciplinary and the project-based learning approach that is a cornerstone of the Avenues high school experience. The space will be available during and after class, both on a drop-in basis and for scheduled blocks of class time. A 12th grade student might execute her Mastery project there, alongside a group of ninth graders working on 3-D printing assignment with their teacher in the iLab and a team of social innovation fellows brainstorming for a new design challenge in a seminar room. While STEAM spaces predominate, the entire floor is designed to flexibly accommodate all Upper Division subject areas.
The design of the Co.Lab reflects our desire to provide Upper Division students with an environment that matches the seriousness and ambitiousness of their projects, where they will see themselves as real-world designers, makers and entrepreneurs. To this end, we took inspiration from the most innovative, architecturally progressive workspaces in the world. Industry-leading features include visual and physical connections between areas, niche areas for small group work, retractable walls and mobile storage units that allow for various spatial configurations.
September 18, 2017
We know that water quality can be tested for pH, salinity, nitrates and other chemicals, but how can we use aquatic macroinvertebrates to assess the health of a river?
September 14, 2017
The augmented reality sandbox featured here was created by upper grades students as a Fifth Term project.
August 29, 2017
The Martha Cooper exhibition at the nearby Steven Kasher Gallery allowed us to learn about art displayed throughout New York neighborhoods.
August 24, 2017
This spring, Global Journeys hosted its first annual Showcase Night highlighting everything the students researched, listened to, photographed and tasted on their programs. With more than 100 parents and students in attendance, it was a great way for the students to share their unforgettable memories with the larger community.
August 17, 2017
The Seahorses and Giraffes have been learning about ocean animals in HuangSe, their nursery Chinese immersion classroom. This unit was contrasted by a land animal study in Yellow, the partner English classroom.