Green School launches 3 innovation hubs in 2018

Blog, Green School - January 26, 2018

Lots of beautiful things happening at Green School as we move into the 10th year. From 80 students in 2008 to 430 today. 

2018 kicked-off with the opening of the Community Innovation Hub (i-Hub), the Energy Education Hub (e-Hub) and a new science lab. The i-Hub is a hands-on learning environment focusing on digital and physical fabrication. Enabling students to draw learning from every part of the campus and beyond, to implement, in a hands-on and purposeful way, the hybrid academic disciplines of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). i-Hub will also be home to the school’s Bio Bus, Kembali Recycling and Kul Kul Connection programs. 

iHub at Green School
iHub at Green SchooliHub at Green School

The e-Hub is part of the OROS (Operation Rain or Shine) project and the recipient of the Zayed Future Energy Prize. OROS is now focusing on the larger scope of how to power the school, using a mix of renewable power sources including solar and hydro and a media lab for computers.

The Energy Hub will house a visual representation of electricity and installation of a hybrid micro-hydro/ solar renewable energy solution at Green School, created by expanding on our existing micro-grid system.

On the electricity side, the building will generate and store its own power, house monitoring equipment and incorporate interactive pieces that allow students to better understand how energy can be transferred between different states.

In collaboration with Tsatsa House, the building will utilize sustainable Earth Bag building techniques founded by Nader Kalhili. It will incorporate 60sq meters of usable roof for solar panels, a rainwater catchment system, pelton wheel and potential capacity for renewable energy battery storage.

On the learning side, it will provide some enclosed areas that can be used for specific purposes eg. a Media LAB/ recording studio and a breakout space for students to meet and interact in a quieter environment.

Finally, the new science lab where students can learn and create science experiments is almost finished. 
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