Maker-centred learning is a natural extension of the project-based expeditionary curriculum. Through this, the existing expeditions curriculum has components of engineering, product building and design thinking protocols. The school has set up two makerspaces that provide students, teachers and parents with workspaces where they can tinker with tools and technology to explore, learn and create prototype solutions to solve problems related to their passions. The HXLS Makerspaces bring innovation into classrooms by:
Equipping learners with abilities such as decision-making and accountability.
Fostering sensitivity and creativity through teamwork, design thinking, tinkering and debugging.
Helping in problem-solving and adapting to change.
Teaching through experiences and advocating the idea of ‘learning by doing’.
Transforming learners into creators rather than being mere consumers.
Introducing learners with tools and technologies pertinent to the 21st century.
This manifests in classrooms in the form of Genius Hours, where students are encouraged to research on real world problems and develop working prototypes of the solutions proposed, using the latest technology such as 3D printing, laser-cutting, wearable tech, etc. These design challenges/ Genius Hours do not occur in isolation, they are sewn into the expeditionary curriculum to ensure that, along with content, students are given opportunities to convert content knowledge into actionable outcomes. In junior classes, the design challenges take form of Wonder Hours, in the Middle Programme they are known as Genius Hours and in Senior Grades students enrol into the Build Your Future elective as a work experience option.