When visiting a traditional Greek village in the mountains, you likely wouldn’t be expecting to find an innovative technological hub there. But the village of Vamvakou is full of surprises.
One of those is the V.Lab (the Vamkakou Technology Lab, fully powered by SNF), an ultramodern STEAM center at the village school that is fully equipped with state-of-the-art 3D printers, interactive whiteboards, and more.
Piloted in October, the V.Lab officially opens its doors on Sunday, November 10 to welcome future scientists big and small with a day dedicated to technology and innovation. During the event, the V.Lab curriculum will be presented. Visitors will also have the opportunity to attend the “Do you want to be a scientist?” program put on by the CTY (Center for Talented Youth) Greece at Anatolia College, an academic enrichment program founded through a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).
From 12:00-13:30, students in 3rd and 4th grades will become biologists, environmentalists, and geologists, using simple materials to model structures and relationships. From 13:30-15:00, students in 5th and 6th grades will take their turn, becoming biologists and astronomers. Then, the young scientists will become mechanics and team up to attempt to make the craziest train track paths, with upside-down turns and loops. The teams will explore the concept of energy, distinguishing between dynamic and kinetic energy and identifying energy conversions.
While this is going on, visitors will have the opportunity throughout the day to tour the school grounds, learn about the V.Lab equipment, print designs on 3D printers and watch the Beebots, Dash & Dots, and Lego EV3 robots operate. Visitors of all ages can learn how to program an open-source Arduino board and can discover the fun side of mathematics through puzzles and logic games, using computers and tablets running the Osmo and Geogebra programs.
The V.Lab technology and innovation hub is part of Vamvakou Revival, which is made possible through the initiative and the support of SNF.