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The Miriam College-Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC) hosted its first public lecture titled ‘The Future of Creativity’, featuring Prof. Mark d’Inverno of Goldsmiths, University of London last February 23 at Miriam College.
Prof. d’Inverno is currently the Pro-warden International at Goldsmiths. He has taught computer science at the same university for 10 years and has led large research projects covering artificial intelligence, art, music, and education.
His lecture proposed a workable definition of “creative activity” to replace “creativity” which he says is a widely and over-used term that has come to mean a little more than that we approve of. His definition is based on current innovations in research and teaching at Goldsmiths and focused on the creative process and pedagogies used for teaching creative practice.
D’Inverno asserts that creative activity is not about novelty nor measuring human power but is something open to us and about a being in the world. “It is a vigor and openness to the world around you. It is engaging yourself and losing yourself in what you’re doing. Sometimes I play the piano and I don’t really know where I am.” D’Inverno is also a critically acclaimed jazz pianist in the UK.
He emphasized that at the heart of teaching creative activity is the need to take and receive feedback about one’s work. “I think that is a critical part of what you want to be. Taking feedback is a difficult, important journey. It is a key to learning.”
As important as getting feedback is giving feedback. “Giving feedback is also a creative act. [Through it] we understand the relationship between intention and perception,” he says. Among other topics, D’Inverno also touched on using Artificial Intelligence to support human creativity.
In the audience were Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, representatives from the Commission on Higher Education and the British Council, undergraduate and graduate students, and teachers of design-related fields.
Prof. d’Inverno is the first DREAMS specialist to give a lecture at HSSIC. DREAMS stands for the areas of specialization of the Innovation Center – Design, Robotics, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, Arts, Mathematics, and Social responsibility.
“His talk contributes to the strategic direction of the center which is to become a space where creativity, innovation, and alternative thinking are constantly revisited from both the theoretical and practical vantage points. In so doing, learners, teachers, and industry practitioners are equipped with updated knowledge and skills in the three areas mentioned,” says Dr. Edizon Fermin, Miriam College’s director for Innovation Development.
Partnership in design education
The lecture is in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), British Council, and Goldsmiths, University of London. It is part of the ongoing RP-UK Transnational Education (TNE) Links Programme connected to the K to 12 Transition Program of the CHED, under the Institutional Development and Innovation Grants Scheme.
The visit of Prof d’Inverno and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Miriam College and Goldsmiths heralds the formalization of the partnership between the two institutions for the development of a niche graduate degree program in design education.
Goldsmiths is one of the world’s leading institutions for Arts and Humanities in the UK and has a rich heritage of producing alumni that have had a huge impact on the "creative industries," winning Oscars, Turner prizes, Ivor Novello awards, Olivier awards and Mercury awards. Its roster of alumni include fashion designer Mary Quant and Vivienne Westwood, filmmaker Steve McQueen, sculptor Sir Antony Mark David Gormley, composer Adrian Sutton, and artist Damien Hirst.
Miriam College marked the opening of its 90th anniversary with the launch of the Miriam College-Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (MC-HSSIC), the Philippines’ first integrated makerspace last Sept. 7, 2016.
Donated by the Henry Sy Foundation through SM Hotels and Convention Corporation president and Maryknoll/Miriam College Alumni (College batch ’74) Elizabeth Sy and designed by renowned architect Ed Calma, the MC-HSSIC gives students and faculty the opportunity and space to immerse themselves in 21st century disciplines the school calls DREAM or Design, Robotics, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Mathematics.
Present at the launch were Elizabeth Sy, SM Prime Vice President Hans Sy, Sr., Arch. Ed Calma, Miriam College Board of Trustees Chair Josefina Tan, administrators of Miriam College led by its president Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, Maryknoll Sister Marisa Lichauco and Helen Graham, and executives representing the school’s partners who equipped the laboratories with the latest tools in innovation and contributed to the development of its programs. They are Power Mac Center, Emerson Electric (ASIA) Ltd.-ROHQ., FELTA Multi-Media Inc., C&E Publishing, Inc., Center for Culinary Arts Manila, British Council, Bato Balani Foundation, Inc., and Bangkok University.
“It is here at the Miriam College- Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center where we will follow a new model of teaching and learning, one that brings change and improvement to current school and classroom practices—much like what our pioneering and progressive Maryknoll nuns did when they established their first mission school in Malabon in 1926,” said Dr. Lapus. Miriam College is celebrating its 90th Anniversary with the theme, “Mighty@90!”
The makerspace features eight connected and creative learning spaces: Fabrication Laboratory, Instrumentation Laboratory, Engineering and Electronics Laboratory, Multi-Media Laboratory, Performance Laboratory, Kitchen and Café, Playloft, and Innovatrium.
It is supported by an integrated program that will engage its students, especially girls, in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) to DREAM to prepare them for fields of the future. It provides state-of-the-art tools so students and faculty can connect, collaborate, discover, design and create, transforming their ideas into tangible and viable products and services, and allowing them to find solutions to various problems. The STEAM program has been implemented across all units of the campus as early as 2011 under the leadership of Dr. Lapus.
The launch of the MC-HSSIC further strengthens the innovation thrust of the school as it continues to build on its mission of “forming leaders in service” and bringing its brand of education to different growth areas, starting with its fast-growing branch in the south, MC NUVALI, and soon in Porac, Pampanga.
Capping the day’s event was a special concert by the Miriam College High School Glee Club’s current and former members. With their conductor Nancy Roman, the choir serenaded the MC community with their winning songs performed in competitions they have joined abroad. The concert dubbed “Ngalan” marks the search for the choir’s new name through a contest.
The SM group has donated a P100-million innovation center—the Philippines’ first-of-its-kind integrated “makerspace”—to Miriam College on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of this school that was built by Maryknoll nuns.
The Miriam College-Henry Sy Sr. Innovation Center was turned over Wednesday by the Henry Sy Sr. Foundation through SM Hotels and Convention Corp. president Betty Sy, an alumna of Maryknoll College (batch 1974). The innovation hub stands on a 1,412-square meter lot near the entrance of Miriam College campus in Quezon City.
“I have very good memories (of Maryknoll). It was a school that taught us to be ourselves, to be independent, to be fearless and conventional. That’s what I value about Miriam College,” Sy told reporters at the sidelines of the turnover ceremonies Wednesday.
A “makerspace” is a place of innovation where a community of learners can gather to tinker, discover, create, collaborate and find solutions to various problems using the tools provided in its different work stations or laboratories. This is where future industry leaders can transform ideas into tangible products or services that provide solutions to identified problems.
The hub is seen to immerse Miriam College’s students and faculty in 21st century disciplines under the acronym DREAM—design, robotics, engineering, entrepreneurship, arts and mathematics.
“It is here at the Miriam College- Henry Sy Sr. Innovation Center where we will follow a new model of teaching and learning, one that brings change and improvement to current school and classroom practices,” said Miriam College president Rosario Lapus.
The makerspace, designed by architect Ed Calma, features eight connected and creative learning spaces: a fabrication laboratory (fablab), a small-scale creative workshop with tools that aim to make “almost anything” using advanced digital manufacturing technology; instrumentation laboratory (instrulab) for conducting investigatory projects and experiments; engineering and electronics laboratory (E-L@b), for exploring robotics and coding; a multi-media laboratory (multi-media lab) dedicated to the creation of new media and art forms as well as learning of web authoring, software development, animation, graphic and web designing and digital audio/video manipulation; a performance laboratory for the interaction of art games and art production processes; a kitchen and cafe (CCA Makers’ Cafe), a modern gastronomic science and food art laboratory; a play loft with pocket classrooms that support design-oriented thinking; and, an innovatrium, a state-of-the-art theater.
Partner-institutions equipped the laboratories with the latest tools in innovation: Power Mac Center, Emerson Electric (Asia) Ltd., Felta Multi-Media Inc., C&E Publishing; Center for Culinary Arts Manila; British Council; Bato Balani Foundation and Bangkok University.
SOURCE: Philippine Daily Inquirer
90th anniversary. Miriam College yesterday marked the opening of its 90th anniversary with the launch of the Mirriam College Henry Sy, Sr., Innovation Center (MCHSSIC). The center designed by Ed Calma was donated by the Henry Sy Foundation through SM Hotels and Convention Corp. president and Maryknoll/Miriam College Alumni Betty Sy. The center allows students to immerse themselves in design, robotics, engineering, entrepreneurship, arts and mathematics. In photo are Hans Sy Jr., vice president for SM Prime, Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, Elizabeth Sy, Josefina Tan, Mirriam College, board of trustees, Sr. Helen Graham and Arch. Ed Calma.
Printed on Malaya | September 8, 2016
The SM Group and the Miriam College on Wednesday formally launched the Miriam College-Henry Sy Sr. Innovation Center (MC-HSSIC), the "first integrated marketspace in the Philippines."
The structure was designed by architect Ed Calma, and was donated by the Henry Sy Foundation through SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. President Elizabeth Sy, an alumna of the school.
SM Investments Corp. Chief Financial Officer Jose T. Sio noted the structure was financed through a P100-million donation.
"P100 million. That's from the Henry Sy Sr. Foundation," he told reporters during the launch of the center on Wednesday.
The center features eight connected creative learning spaces: Fabrication Laboratory, Instrumentation Laboratory, Engineering and Electronics Laboratory, Multi-media Laboratory, Performance Laboratory, Kitchen and Cafe, Playloft, and Innovatrium.
"The MC-HSSIC gives students and faculty the opportunity and space to immerse themselves in 21st century disciplines the school calls DREAM or Design, Robotics, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Arts, and Mathematics," Miriam College said in a separate statement. — VDS, GMA News
SOURCE: GMA News > www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/580533/money/companies/miriam-college-sm-group-launch-p100-m-innovation-center#sthash.zyyfUUzp.dpuf
Felta, the exclusive distributor of Lego Education in the Philippines, and Miriam College recently sealed its partnership through the signing of a Deed of Donation. Under the agreement, Felta will donate Lego Kits; develop and furnish a laboratory dedicated to robotics, engineering, and coding at the Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC); and training MC faculty.
Present at the signing were (from left): Melinda Agoncillo, Felta Sales Executive for Miriam College; Mylene Abiva, president and CEO of FELTA Multi Media, Inc.; Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, president of Miriam College; and Dr. Edizon Fermin, Basic Education Unit Director and High School Principal.