Mumbai, Feb 1st, 2024: Venturing into a transformative era in education, Orchids The International School, a leading K12 institution, introduced the innovative ‘Imagine Hub’. The state-of-the-art labs were inaugurated by Renowned Film-maker Rahul Srivastava, Hitesh Shah Head of Education, Apple India, Dr. Madhuri Sagale, VP of Academics of Arts-Orchids Kavita Chatterjee, VP of Academics-Orchids and Sunayana Awasthi, Principal, Orchids The International School, Mulund Campus. The Imagine Hub launched in Mulund Campus features Astronomy, Robotics, MAC Coding, Tinkering, Dance, Theater, Music, Weaving & Printing, Pottery & Painting and will be available in Orchids Mulund, Thane, Seawoods, and Sion campuses respectively. The Imagine Hub labs have been built by HomeLane, an innovative interior design company utilizing technology to offer comprehensive end-to-end interior solutions.
Lab-based education prioritizes practical experiences and experimentation, catalyzing transformative learning experiences, and empowering previously passive learners to evolve into active participants. Through hands-on experiments, data analysis, and conclusions, students are not merely recipients of information but active contributors, fostering essential skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and creativity. These purposefully crafted Imagine Hub aims to arm students with the practical tools necessary for the effective application of knowledge.
Commenting on the launch, Rahul Srivastava, said “As a seasoned filmmaker, I find immense inspiration in the Performing and Visual Art Labs curated by Orchids The International School for its students. The ‘Imagine Hub’ Labs marks a pivotal shift in education, transcending conventional textbook methods. They propel students on a cinematic journey that seamlessly integrates STEM, Astronomy, and Arts. Orchids are making significant strides in providing comprehensive education, nurturing the next generation of storytellers and problem-solvers—a feat truly worthy of celebration.”
Reflecting on the lab launch, Kavita Chatterjee, VP of Academics, Orchids The International School spoke about the significance of lab-based learning in equipping students with practical expertise, especially in STEM fields. She said, “At Orchids The International School, we’re thrilled about enforcing the significance of lab-based learning in equipping students with practical expertise that aligns with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 vision and the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2023. With its potential to improve academic achievement, develop essential skills, and prepare students for the future, lab-based education is sure to play an increasingly important role in education for years to come. The initiation of our Imagine Hub underscores our dedication to delivering a holistic and inventive learning environment for our students.”
Dr Madhuri Sagale, VP-Academics of Arts, Orchids The International School, shared her thoughts, stating, “We strongly believe that Performing and Visual Arts not only enables a healthy form of expression but also nurtures overall well-being by enhancing Creativity and Expression, Fine Motor Skills, Focus and Patience, Cultural Awareness, Stress Relief, Problem Solving, Spatial Awareness, Cognitive Development, Sense of Accomplishment, Teamwork and Collaboration. Experiential learning in arts labs has been associated with better retention of information and a deeper understanding of artistic concepts contributing to cultural and emotional intelligence. Through Imagine Hub our objective is to ensure that every student receives the invaluable opportunity to learn, create, and explore new ideas and innovative concepts in their artistic process that transcend the confines of the classroom.”
The creation and execution of Imagine Hub underscores Orchids’ dedication to cultivating well-rounded competencies among students. Beyond academic excellence, the school’s objective is to foster a comprehensive preparedness for various domains such as sports, creative expression, future artistic endeavors, and essential life skills like coding and robotics.