Hikmah Lab: Design engineering after- school workshops

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After school programming delivered from September 2022 to April 2023 in collaboration with d.heritage2tech
Location: Building 9, Campus

The Office of the Provost, in collaboration with d.heritage2tech, is excited to announce the launch of Hikmah Lab. The Hikmah Lab draws from history and the name derives from the Bayt al-Hikmah, founded in the 7th century as a center of culture, science and technology – the House of Wisdom.  The Hikmah Lab will bring inventions from the Golden Age of Islam into the present day – and use these engineering methods to design and develop solutions for tomorrow’s problems – in an informal, hands-on and experiential way.

The vision for the Hikmah Lab is to harness engineering design methodologies as the catalyst for immersive SCHTEAM (Science, Cultural Heritage, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) experiences which can be offered to the KAUST community and beyond.  Using d.heritage2tech’s thinking routine – Observe, Wonder and Imagine (OWI) – as a tool for developing meaningful and user-centered solutions enriched with cultural heritage, projects will progress through observation, wondering, ideation, production, testing, presentation and exhibition.

Read on for more information about the workshops.  To register your interest, click here.

If you have any questions, contact KEY@kaust.edu.sa.

Kwarizmi Math Circle

Duration: five x one-hour sessions
Age: 8-10
Cost: SAR 80 per session
Total: SAR400 + VAT

Through group conversations, students explore, play with, produce examples and counterexamples, make conjectures, and discover mathematical insights.  Mathematics is explored with low-threshold/high-ceiling mathematical problems outside of the typical math curriculum and discovered in an informal environment.

Through group conversations, students explore, play with, produce examples and counterexamples, make conjectures and discover mathematical insights. Mathematics is explored with low-threshold/high-ceiling mathematical problems outside of the typical math curriculum and discovered in an informal environment.

Program 1 Monday 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.September 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10
Fully booked
Program2 Monday 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.October 31
November 7, 14, 21, 28
Fully booked
Program 3 Monday 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.January 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
Fully booked
Program 4 Monday 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.March 20, 27
April 3, 10, 17
Few places left (Age 8-10)
*Please note that each program is different, so you can sign your child/children up for more than one.

Design Engineering Charrettes

Duration: Five x one-hour sessions
Age: 8-16
Cost: SAR 80 per session
Total: SAR 400 + VAT

A series of fast-paced collaborative workshops devoted to solving a problem and planning its design solution. Each design charrette will introduce students to the fundamentals of architecture, engineering, science, structures, materials, forms, and spaces. Drawing design inspiration from nature (blooming flowers, animals, shells, spider webs, hurricanes, honeycombs, etc.), we’ll walk through the engineering design process and thinking routines. In addition to STEAM concepts, drawing, designing and rapid prototyping skills will be developed.

Design Charrette: TREEHOUSE

Program 1 Monday 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.September 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10
Fully booked
Program 2 Wednesday 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.September 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12
Fully booked
* Dates will be allocated based on the age-range of children registered.

Design Charrette: SPACE POD

Program 1 Wednesday 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.September 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12
Fully booked
Program 2 Monday, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.October 31
November 7, 14, 21, 28
Fully booked
* Dates will be allocated based on the age-range of children registered.

Design Charrette: DEEP SEA HABITAT

Program 1 Monday 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. orJanuary 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
Few places left (Age 11-16)
Program 2 Wednesday 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1
Fully booked
* Dates will be allocated based on the age-range of children registered.

Design Charrette: SHELTER ON THE GO

Program 1 Wednesday 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1
Few places left (Age 11-16)
Program 2 Monday 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.March 20, 27
April 3, 10, 17
Fully booked
* Dates will be allocated based on the age-range of children registered.

Engineering Expedition Series

Duration: Five x two-hour sessions  
Age: 8-16
Cost: SAR 160 per session
Total: SAR 800 + VAT

Join four adventurous siblings on a thrilling expedition in the Middle East in a series of workshops based on different inventions of the Golden Islamic Era. Survival depends on understanding the still relevant, thousand-year old technologies and in applying engineering and mathematical skills.  Each adventure follows an interdisciplinary SCHTEAM-based curriculum,  interweaving history, geography, mathematics, science, cultural heritage, engineering, technology, architecture, and design.  Concepts are learnt through reverse engineering, hands-on building and storytelling, culminating in the design of an original invention by the students.

Engineering Expeditions: LOCK IT!

Program 1 Tuesday 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.September 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11
Few places left (Age 8-11)
Program 2 Tuesday 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29Few places left (Age 11-16)
Program 3 Wednesday 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30Fully booked
* Dates will be allocated based on the age-range of children registered.

Engineering Expeditions: THIRST!

Program 1 Tuesday 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.January 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
Few places left (Age 8-10)
Program 2 Tuesday 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.March 21, 28
April 4, 11, 18
Few places left (Age 10-12)
Program 3 Wednesday 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.March 22, 29
April 5, 12, 19
Few places left (Age 12-16)
* Dates will be allocated based on the age-range of children registered.

Digital Design and Fabrication


* Dates will be allocated based on the age-range of children registered.

Duration: 20 x 1.5 hour sessions
Age: 12-17
Cost: SAR 120 per session
Total: SAR2400 + VAT

User-centered design principles, methods and techniques are learned and applied to the design of a personal product which responds to an identified need. Digital design tools and computer-controlled manufacturing processes will be introduced, with the goal of understanding how they are used to achieve the mechanical design and fabrication of the product.

Through an iterative process, students will refine the rapid prototype and evaluate the product’s usability, operation and effectiveness. The ultimate result is a personal technical portfolio and a product rough prototype.  (The optional writing of a formal business plan will help the student to understand how the product creates and delivers value).

Tuesday 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.DESIGN PRINCIPLES
September 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11
November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
PRODUCT REALIZATION
January 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 21, 28
April 4, 11, 18
Fully booked
* Dates will be allocated based on the age-range of children registered.

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