First stop for our Metlifecare Makers was The Mind Lab, a unique education facility, dedicated to enhancing digital literacy for New Zealanders of all ages. As well as teaching kids about all things tech, The Mind Lab also offers courses to adults who are determined not to get left behind in an increasingly tech-enabled world.
Twenty of our residents visited The Mind Lab in Auckland’s Grafton, and spent time having their minds opened to the use of digital technology in design and construction. Aided by The Mind Lab’s experienced educators, they explored computer-based learning and design, playing with photo-editing packages, and computer aided design programmes.
One group of residents at Highlands village in Highland Park are working on a project exploring the use of computer numerical control, to design a sustainable greenhouse, while another group of residents at The Orchards in Glenfield is using 3-D printers to make cookie cutters in the image of family, friends or other designs. The two groups explored similar design programmes, and then focused on skills specific to their project. The cookie makers went home with their very own bespoke cookie cutters!