I was very excited to get to visit the LINQ Precinct at Sheldon College today while attending my second Full STEAM Ahead event. I have been wanting to check this space out for some time and I really enjoyed having a tour around the building and then working in the space during the day.
The LINQ Precinct houses the Business Enterprise Centre, Design Technology workshop and flexible CAD, prototyping and robotics labs, the LINQ Creative production facility, an interactive / collaborative space with full operable walls; forecourt and breakout areas; a large group lecture and exposition space; and the LINQ Video Wall for group presentations, venue signage and virtual video collaborations.
Some photos I took on the tour and from my day working in the collaboration space:
I found the space really impressive and enjoyed working in the collaboration/ interactive space during the day. It was versatile and could be divided off into three separate spaces with sliding glass doors. The furniture was colorful and modern, but also presented variety of seating options. Some also incorporated power ports into the furniture which made it perfect for working with technology. The room incorporated a lot of glass which has been used for brainstorming and instructions. The whole space had an airy feel with plenty of natural light. Sliding black glass doors acted as a board also while hiding away the Maker Space materials, which were neatly housed in colourful drawers. Smaller group work areas allowed privacy and quiet while still allowing a supervising teacher to monitor productivity. I also enjoyed the addition of famous and inspirational quotes around the building and the thoughtful incorporation of plants.
Other highlights included the robotics lab, astronomy deck and full auditorium. I also really liked the full glass display cabinets that were similar to shop display windows. The business Enterprise Center hardly looked like it belonged in a school with proper conference room and display of student created products which have been successfully sold. Overall an impressive building and an asset to the college.
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