Global education firm Pearson is teaming up with London start-up Makerversity on a new lab space in Somerset House in a bid to create the “classroom of the future”.
The space, dubbed “The Pearson Lab”, will be used to test and develop new technologies that could one day be deployed in classrooms across the UK.
Pearson and Makerversity hope the lab will enable them to get feedback from young people, education innovators and enthusiasts, on future learning spaces – iterating and developing the space based on that feedback.
“Makerversity offers a dynamic environment to experiment and test creative, fun and effective approaches to learning, through activities such as coding and device making,” said Diana Stepner, VP innovation partnerships and developer relations at Pearson.
Speaking at the launch of The Pearson Lab, Stepner told Techworld: "For us it seemed like a logical combination. We can help Makerversity with funds, we can help them with connections to companies that we’re already partnering with that can then become part of the community."
Makerversity founder, Tom Tobia, told Techworld: "It’s a stage for testing a bunch of physical and digital technologies around future education practice. It’s a playground for us and them as much anything else. They can test it all in a real life environment."
Pearson added that it will also run a series of events, workshops and drop-in sessions to allow visitors to explore emerging technologies, such as 3D printers and a range of other digital manufacturing hardware, as well as new web, tablet and smartphone applications for education.
Techworld was given an insight into one such workshop on a press visit to lab. The session, delivered by designer Dejan Mitrovic, involved teaching several students in their twenties how to design a bridge for the River Thames on a programme called Tinkercad, before printing a plastic model of it on a 3D printer.