Our Experimental Classroom – Kohknowco Lab
Kohknowco Lab Ao Tawhiti (2010 – 2018) was an experimental lab using the Creative Forest model. This lab’s focus was primarily on music, web, app and games development for students aged between 10 – 18 years. Over 8 years, Renea (a parent at the school) developed and lead K-Lab, building an extensive local and global network of multi-industry mentors. K-Lab participants mentored and connected with students in the US and Australia. K-Lab featured on TVNZ’s Breakfast Show and Seven Sharp news programmes.
The Lab ran within the normal school schedule and students were able to negotiate assessments that related to other subject areas within the curriculum, such as Business Studies, Design, English and Digital Technologies.
The Experimental Class went through several name changes – UPT Digital, IT Hothouse and Kohknowco Lab.