The College of Notre-Dame-de-Rivière-du-Loup is in innovation mode

The College of Notre Dame de Rivière-du-Loup opened a new space for teaching, experimentation and co-creation Thursday. The development concept, called IDEAS Universe, was unveiled in the presence of the Minister of Education, Bernard Drenville.

IDEAS is an acronym for Idea solving – conclusion – development – implementation. In the former Notre Dame College study room, areas for discussion, research, code, development, and prototyping were created. With these novelties, the management of the institution hopes to develop entrepreneurial or social entrepreneurial qualities in high school students.

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Quote from Jay April, General Manager, College of Notre Dame

Reading and documentation are part of the activities that IDEAS Universe encourages.

Photo: Radio Canada/François Gagnon

The principal explains that work desks will allow students to work individually or in teams. There are also some people who can work agora or go and record a podcast or record a video. When you have projects that you want to implement, this is the place to get inspirationJay April adds. Students will also have access to digital design and creativity tools, such as 3D printers and laser cutting tables.

IDEAS Universe room with glass table and microphones.

The new mixed-use center is a stimulating learning environment, according to Principal Jay April.

Photo: Radio Canada/François Gagnon

The new space, with a total cost of nearly three million dollars, represents the second phase of the educational infrastructure development project at Notre Dame College, which began in 2018. A third phase is scheduled to be implemented to complete the project.

Minister Bernard Drenville believes that the IDEAS Universe at Collège Notre-Dame can become a model for other schools in the province. The idea of ​​a community coming together and deciding to give their students tools like this, a space like this, is very inspiring.commented.

Minister Bernard Drenville, at a press briefing.

Minister Bernard Drenville, passing by Pas Saint Laurent, participated in the inauguration.

Photo: Radio Canada/François Gagnon

The development opened in the context of 10H Anniversary of the Fondation du Collège that contributes financially to the Foundation’s development projects.

With information from Patrick Bergeron

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