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Miriam College Innovation Center hosts first public lecture on ‘The Future of Creativity’

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.

Creative activity

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.

School Hopping: Iba't ibang pasilidad sa loob ng Miriam College | PTV People's Television

Innovation Center, itinayo sa isang unibersidad sa Pilipinas | Unang Hirit

Published on Oct 6, 2016
Aired: October 6, 2016

Upang mas mapalawak ang kaalaman ng mga mag-aaral sa modernong teknolohiya, nagbukas ang Miriam College ng isang Innovation Center kung saan bukas ito sa mga estudyante mula elementarya hanggang kolehiyo na may iba’t ibang pasilidad upang mahasa ang kanilang mga kaalaman.

Communication students create AVP for MC-HSSIC launch

Communication students and Miriam College Television (MCTV) members, Pauline Santiago, R.K Dela Rosa, Jean Kelly Chua, and Daniella Marie Castro created an audio visual presentation (AVP) to pay tribute to Henry Sy, Sr. who, through his foundation, donated 100-M for the construction of the Miriam College-Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center, the Philippine’s first integrated makerspace.

The AVP centered on his inspiring qualities that contributed to his success in business. The group presented their work to Miriam College President Dr. Rosario Lapus; Miriam College High School Principal Dr. Edizon Fermin; Department of Communication Chairperson Dr. Maria Margarita Acosta; Marketing and Communications Head Romualdo Romualdo; and Innovation Resource Manager and Project Development Coordinator, Maria Cristina Ibanez.

Produced by Miriam College Television (MCTV), the official television production sub-organization of the Department of Communication, the six-minute AVP showed a compilation of photos and videos of Henry Sy, Sr., chronologically arranged, following the tracks from his simple beginnings to being in the forefront of the business industry; and now having contributed to yet another flagship building. 

With the support and guidance of MCTV moderator, Gilbeys Sardea, Department of Communication Chairperson Dr. Maria Margarita Acosta; Innovation Resource Manager and Project Development Coordinator of the Office of the President, Maria Cristina Ibanez, and Radio MC moderator Rosario Sinon, the Communication students were able to translate their objective of creating a lively, upbeat, and up-to-date tribute in the production. The AVP was shown during the launch of the MC-HSSIC.

The video was completed in six days’ in collaboration with Allan Baniel and Joel Toledo, head writer and script writer respectively; Radio MC head, Juris Longboan who did the voiceover; and the MCTV members who put the bits and pieces together, creating a masterpiece that received accolades from Dr. Lapus and Elizabeth Sy, president of SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation and MC alumna. By Marga Tulaylay, BA Comm

Miriam College marks opening of 90th anniversary with the launch of MC-HSSIC

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.

Robots, 3D figurines, and Lego bricks: Miriam College’s ‘makerspace’ makes learning fun again by Tricia Aquino | Interaksyon

You can sculpt a Pokemon figurine using a 3D pen, which oozes plastic as you press a button and draw arcs in the air.

You can make a robot move forward and backward with basic software programming.

And you can don a ketchup bottle costume while observing your classmates create art out of the frying pans, plates, and glasses you provided them.

At the Miriam College Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center, students find excitement in learning, using their hands to make things – a new ice cream flavor, a video, a dress.

On September 7, Wednesday, school officials, industry partners, students, and alumni came together for the launch of what they dubbed the “makerspace”—a 1,412-square meter lot featuring eight spaces in Miriam College, Quezon City.

The center is donated by the Henry Sy Foundation through SM Hotels and Convention Corporation president and Maryknoll/Miriam College Alumni (Batch 74) Elizabeth Sy and designed by famous architect Ed Calma. Other partners of the school who helped in providing equipment for the laboratories are Emerson Electric (Asia) Ltd., Power Mac Center, ROHQ, Felta Multi-Media Inc., C&E Publishing Inc., Center for Culinary Arts Manila, British Council, Bato Balani Foundation, Inc., and Bangkok University.

The launching ceremony marks the institution’s 90th anniversary.

“Within these walls we go beyond the old lesson plans, outdated curricula, CHED and DepEd rules; abandon traditional roles; and leave our comfort zones to use new forms of teaching and learning,” said school president Rosario Lapus.

“I dream that this is where we will nurture young inventors, problem solvers, engineers, entrepreneurs, and scientists—a young Marie Curie, a Dado Banatao, a Lindy Locsin, a Fe del Mundo, perhaps another Henry Sy—encouraging them to take the first steps towards discovery and to see for themselves what works,” she added.

Students from nursery to graduate school can use this space, as can professionals, parents, and even the elderly.

The goal is to enable students to DREAM, tinkering in laboratories for Design, Robotics, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, Arts, and Mathematics.

At Fab lab, they can do prototyping using OmniFab 3D printers, scanners, pens, and modeling software, as well as Brother electric sewing machines.

Students can learn gastronomic science and envision their own restaurant at the CCA (Center for Culinary Arts-Manila) Makers’ Café. Miriam College director for innovation development Edizon Fermin envisions a place where students can immerse themselves in food-oriented lifestyles that are sustainable. They learn not to waste food, as well as to grow the things they eat – including endemic herbs and spices.

At Play Loft, students can find Eureka moments through “playful ideation”. They can then go to the other laboratories to convert their ideas into practice.

They can then pitch these to business leaders at the Innovatrium, which hosts workshops, conferences, and trainings.

In the Multimedia Lab, they can learn graphic design, web design, and audio and visual engineering on Apple computers provided by PowerMac Philippines.

“The world suddenly has been digitized. The smaller it gets and the better its translated into other forms, whether it’s in art, or in science, or in video format, or in 3D animation,” Fermin said.

They can master measurement and do experiments with weighing scales, compressors, and infrared thermometers provided by Emerson at Instrulab.

“Give them the venue in schools to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and enjoy STEM. We are basically promoting STEM to all kids to develop future engineers and scientists—including girls,” said Emerson project manager Villacer Ceredon.

In the E-L@b, students as young as nine years old learn to create robots with Lego building blocks and software programming.

“The real language of this generation is their ability to move in the digital space, and how they are applied to various disciplines,” Fermin said. He noted that students will learn basic engineering principles of robotics and computing sciences here.

And in the Performance Lab, students learn that art is not just for the “upper” echelons of society.

“No, it’s for everyone. We want to introduce the art of everyday things, and how it blends into the consciousness of the people,” Fermin explained.

He believes that the new makerspace will allow Miriam College to “continue to trailblaze as an institution.”

“We cannot be teaching the students the same stuff over and over again,” he added.

Fermin explained that there had long been making activities in the school, but these were just scaled through the innovation center.

“Don’t think of it as something that has a certain period of time. Let’s think of it as, there is a curriculum, and there are some aspects of this curriculum that can be done better in upgraded spaces more than the traditional science laboratories. This is where that will be done,” he said.

There will also be programs to bridge public and private schools so students can share knowledge.

“Because it is not true that public schools cannot do this. There are many brilliant students in public schools. You just need to give them the appropriate space or appropriate environment, have them listen to their fellow students who have good ideas, and when they come together, we have no distinction between who is from public, who is from private,” Fermin said.

He also stresses the importance of the “S” after”DREAM”, which stands for “social responsibility”.

“The solutions that you create here must have an impact on society. Because you don’t just generate money for the sake of getting rich. Well yes, that’s also good, but you have to make use of your giftedness for a noble purpose. That is the mission of Miriam College,” he said.

SOURCE: Interaksyon >

Miriam College's 'makerspace' | Interaksyon Business

Learn why the next generation of artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs will come from Miriam College.

First PH makerspace opens at Miriam College by Anna Leah E. Gonzales | Manila Standard

The Philippines’ first integrated makerspace has opened at Miriam College in Quezon City, providing students and faculty with a collaborative workspace and state-of-the-art equipment and tools to support a new model of teaching and learning.

Miriam College-Henry Sy Sr. Innovation Center is described as the country’s first makerspace―a  place for learning, exploring, discovering, designing, making, transforming, connecting, collaborating and sharing ideas within a campus. The opening of the markerspace coincides with the 90th anniversary of Miriam College, which used to be known as Maryknoll College until 1989.  It is now an all-women’s school.

“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 in Malabon in 1926,” says Miriam College president Rosario Lapus.

The center was designed by renowned architect Ed Calma and was built through a P100-million donation from Henry Sy Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Investments Corp., the holding company of the Sy family.

A daughter of tycoon Henry Sy, Elizabeth Sy is an alumna of Miriam College and is currently the president of SM Hotels and Conventions Corp., which runs the hotel and accommodation business of the SM Group.

In a statement, Miriam College says MC-HSSIC gives students and faculty the opportunity and space to immerse themselves into 21st Century disciplines of Dream―design, robotics, engineering, entrepreneurship and mathematics.

Aside from the SM Group, other institutions that contributed to the development of the center are Emerson Electric (Asia) Ltd., Power Mac Center, Felta Multi-Media Inc., C&E Publishing Inc., Center for Culinary Arts Manila, British Council, Bato Balani Foundation Inc. and Bangkok University.

The markerspace features eight connected and creative learning spaces, including fabrication laboratory, instrumentation laboratory, engineering and electronics laboratory, multi-media laboratory, performance laboratory, kitchen and cafe, playloft and innovatrium.

Calma says the design of the whole structure represents a water ripple caused by a drop.  It is “where innovative ideas are formed and would ripple outward,” the architect says.  “The outer labs are incubators of ideas and ideas are worked on as they pass through critique and exhibition, and finally, presented in the center space [innovatrium] as final products.”

Miriam College says the markerspace is supported by an integrated program that will engage students in Steam (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) to Dream in preparation for fields of the future.

Emerson, a US-based technology and engineering company, contributed an instrumentation laboratory for MC-HSSIC.

The Emerson Instrumentation Laboratory is a learning space equipped with various tools for testing and conducting investigatory experiments.  The facility is designed to teach students the fundamental concepts of pressure, distance and velocity, temperature and mass and weight.

Emerson says its partnership with Miriam College is part of the company’s advocacy to promote Stem, or science, technology, engineering and math education in the country.

The company has already signed partnerships with 12 universities and 12 K-12 schools and sponsored 20 scholars in partnership with AmCham Foundation. 

“As a global technology and engineering leader, Emerson’s continuing success depends on being able to attract highly-skilled talents, especially in the Stem disciplines. Our donation and engagement with an educational institution like Miriam College provides us with a unique opportunity to encourage young women in particular, as well as others in the community, to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Stem disciplines in modern life as well as to explore career opportunities in these fields,” says Emerson Philippines vice president and general manager Ed Boone.

“We believe supporting Stem education in the Philippines can greatly affect the country’s progress and development,” Boone asays.

Emerson which is based in St. Louis, Missouri, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial and consumer markets around the world.

The company is comprised of five business segments which include process management, industrial automation, network power, climate technologies and commercial and residential solutions.

In the Philippines, Emerson provides value-added solutions and services to customers in various areas of engineering, customer support, finance, marketing and business development, information technology and supply chain management.  Emerson has 3,500 employees in the Philippines.

SOURCE: Manila Standard >

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