Located in the Peter Underwood Centre offices in Elizabeth Street, Hobart, the A-Lab has been co-funded, co-designed and co-resourced by the University of Tasmania and the Department of Education.
Officially launched on April 20 2018, the A-Lab has interacted with hundreds of educators, students, parents and community members. These were based around learning experiences that promote wonder, and are creative, thoughtful, challenging and empowering.
Peter Underwood Centre Director Professor Natalie Brown believes the level of momentum which developed around the A-Lab - its productivity, scope and range of projects - had surpassed the expectations of both the Department of Education and the University of Tasmania.
"It is allowing us to connect and collaborate with other key stakeholders and trial new and creative ways of working that can be scaled up and handed on to advance our vision for young Tasmanians to flourish through the transformative power of learning," Professor Brown said.
The A-Lab is also a demonstration site for emerging technologies used in education. The space has a range of technologies on display including virtual reality headsets, an immersive space, numerous robotics kits, 3D printers, laser cutter, cameras, greenscreens, digital microscopes and electronics kits.
Staff hosts pre booked schools tours and activities as well as taking portable equipment to demonstrate in schools.