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Repton Al Barsha launches Apple Distinguished School Experience Centre on campus

The centre is based on the themes of environmental awareness, sustainability and nature

Dubai, Oct 31, 2021: Repton Al Barsha, part of the Repton Family of Schools in the UAE, has launched the Apple Distinguished School Experience Centre (ADS|X) on campus. 

The centre is based on the themes of environmental awareness, sustainability and nature. It will focus on three interactive learning journeys: ‘Celebrating Differences’, ‘Our Home and Beyond’ and ‘Finding Solutions in Nature.’ 

Starting Oct 31, 2021, the centre will be available for use and exploration by parents, visitors and students across Junior and Senior Schools.

ADS|X will combine learning experiences with a biophilic design aesthetic to create a flexible learning space that gives parents and visitors the opportunity to gain insights into their child’s learning experience on campus.  It will also create a collaborative workspace for students, enabling them to be creative and experience a personalised learning journey. 

An eco-friendly display will introduce visitors to thought-provoking ideas and knowledgeable insights through each theme. They will be able to explore new information, connect ideas and deepen their understanding of how they can utilise Apple technology to gain deeper insights into the world around them.  

The stimulating learning journeys will follow three key stages focused on nature, sustainability and environmental awareness, with underlying themes, which explore diversity and inclusion. Through ‘Celebrating Difference’ in key stage one, students and parents will celebrate the life and work of illustrator and storyteller, Eric Carle exploring the life-cycle of the butterfly through an immersive Augmented Reality (AR) experience. The engaging journey celebrates diversity through Apple’s ‘Everyone Can Create’ curriculum, allowing learners to explore the beauty of difference culminating in their creation of an animated collage to share with the world.

The ‘Our Home and Beyond’ learning experience, aimed at key stage two, inspires future astronauts aspiring to be the next Hazza Al Mansouri, teaching them about the intricacies of space exploration and the vulnerability of earth through a unique AR experience consisting of scale models of planets on iPad. With Swift Playgrounds, learners will be able to program their own version of the Ingenuity – the Mars drone by NASA sent to scout Mars’ landscape, nurturing essential skills like critical thinking and problem-solving. Then, using the ‘Clips’ app, learners can create a mobile video report documenting the success of their mission.

Inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), the final key stage will focus on ‘Finding Solutions in Nature’, highlighting the practice of biomimicry and looking towards nature for inspiration to solve problems in sustainable ways. Students and their parents will use iPad, microscopes and informative presentations to create an interactive journal to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges through collaboration and solution generation.

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