iStudio

How You Can Help!

Are you a parent, business owner, or community member that has a special talent? Could your hobby, or vocation help build the design and innovation of our students? Do you have access to supplies, excess items from work, or other items that our students can get their hands-on to prototype with? Please contact our iStudio Ninja! ericchagala@vistausd.org

Supplies Needed!

We need help keeping up with our Innovators! Donations needed include:

  • BUTTONS
  • Clean/Empty 2 Liter Bottles
  • GLUE (traditional)
  • HOT GLUE STICKS
  • WINE CORKS
  • YARN
  • STRING
  • PAPER TOWEL ROLLS (the centers)
  • WIRE
  • VEGETABLE OR FRUIT BAG NETTING
  • CIRCULAR BOXES, SUCH A BRIE BOXES
  • FABRIC SCRAPS, FABRIC SAMPLE BOOKS
  • SMALL WOOD SCRAPS
  • WIRE
  • SHINY/METALLIC SCRAPS
  • BEADS OR JEWELRY SCRAPS
  • CALENDARS
  • MAT BOARD
  • PAPER, PLAIN OR PATTERNED
  • THREAD SPOOLS
  • TIN CONTAINERS (from hot cocoa, cookies)
  • ART SUPPLIES, SCRAP BOOKING SUPPLIES,
  • NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, ZOO NEWS
  • Any used magazines (appropriate for school)

Innovation Studio (iStudio)

Located in the heart of our campus is a 1334 square foot Innovation Studio where students are allowed to explore, create, design and innovate.

The purpose of the Design Studio is to allow students to work collaboratively on projects, design solutions, or to take one team's design to the next level of innovation. This is the largest room on campus and is split into group collaboration spaces, as well as hands-on work space. Our Design Studio was inspired by the Innovation Lab at the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Ca and the space has been designed based on the book: Make Space (click to learn more).

In addition, the Design Studio operates within the spirit of the "Maker" movement and Maker Faires. To learn more about the Maker Movement, please visit this web-site: MAKE Magazine.

What

  • The iStudio is a place where VIDA students can bring their creations to life.
  • The iStudio is stocked with supplies that can, with a little imagination, be transformed into almost anything.
  • The iStudio is a flexible space, allowing students collaborate, tinker, and dream.
  •  Students can design, build, test, and present in an atmosphere that sparks their creativity.

When

  • Students will spend one week each quarter in the iStudio during their Design Lab.
  • Students will also have opportunities to use the iStudio for design projects in their core classes.
  • Students will have access to the iStudio before and after school.

Where

  • VIDA’s Room 301.

Why

  • At Vida we believe our students need a space that is dedicated to unleashing creativity and bringing imagination to life.  Students will be able to explore materials, design, discuss, engineer, build, test, and refine their ideas.  In the iStudio, we build a bridge between reality and imagination.

How

  • The iStudio philosophy reflects a gradual transition from structured projects to design autonomy.

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First Year Program

  • When students visit the iStudio with their design lab, their week-long sessions will begin with a project specifically designed to:
    • Introduce students to the available materials and equipment.
    • Instruct students in safe and responsible use of iStudio tools.
    • Inspire students to use materials in non-traditional ways.
  • Upon completion of the project, students will tinker.  Tinkering will:
    • Give students the opportunity to practice the techniques they just learned.
    • Allow students to imagine and create.
    • Encourage the thinking and building skills necessary for tackling complex problems.

Second Year Program

  • 7th and 8th Grade Program
    • 7th and 8th graders bring with them the skills and ideas that they have developed in their Design Lab classes and prior iStudio sessions.
      • IStudio projects will relate to the Design Lab’s theme.
      • Students will work in teams to develop their own projects, and use the iStudio to prototype and test and present their ideas.

Advanced Opportunities

  • 8th graders will have opportunities to extend their experience.
    • 8th grade students may pursue their interests through individual or small-group design projects, using the iStudio to bring their ideas to life.
    • Master Tinkerers (8th graders with a passion for tinkering) will work with VIDA faculty to design and facilitate tinkering projects for other students.