A familiar figure was on-hand at the new Discovery Centre last week to help celebrate the opening of the new Discovery Centre and the opening of the Michelin Corporate Foundation Innovation Lab.
The Michelin Man joined children of Michelin employees from its three Nova Scotia sites, Pete Selleck, president and chairman, Michelin North America, Jeff MacLean, president, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc., and Philippe Legrez, president, Michelin Corporate Foundation to try out some experiments and see firsthand how this creative space allows children and youth to bring science, technology, engineering, arts, and math together in a fun, hands-on environment.
The Innovation Lab was made possible by a $500,000 CDN donation by the Paris-based Michelin Corporate Foundation. It was one of the first North American donations by the newly-formed Michelin Corporate Foundation.
“This space is designed for designing, building and testing ideas, but its real opportunity is to unlock our future leaders,” says Jeff MacLean, president, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.
“We expect that a few years from now, the children and young adults who benefit from this lab today will bring that spirit of curiosity and innovation to our manufacturing sites and our province, helping us all positively progress into the future.”
Fitted out with the latest technology along with a number of robots, laser cutters and 3D printers, the innovation lab was built to encourage older children and young adults to “explore, design, build, test, reflect, rethink, and share,” which will develop skills that drive innovation and foster entrepreneurial spirit.
In addition to its role as a lab, the Michelin Corporate Foundation Innovation Lab will be a core programming space where the Discovery Centre’s Science Educators will deliver curriculum-linked programming that focuses on technology, engineering and electronics tied into the Centre’s Galleries.
The new Michelin Corporate Foundation Innovation Lab:
• Robust, modular workbenches and group work tables that can be reconfigured to suit a variety of activities
• Shelving and custom cabinetry to display inspiring projects made in the Lab
• Ventilation hoods for activities like soldering
• Tools and equipment for making and skill building, including:
– Epilog Laser Cutter
– 3D Printers
– MaKey Makey, Arduino, and Hummingbird Robotics microcontrollers
– Soldering irons, breadboards, and electronic components
– Variety of hand tools
– Lego and Sphero Robots
– Audio visual equipment
Celebrating the opening of the new Michelin Corporate Foundation Innovation Lab at Halifax’s new Discovery Centre are, from the left: Dennis Langille, Discovery Centre Board member and Michelin employee; Philippe Legrez, Michelin Corporate Foundation; Jeff MacLean, president, Michelin North America(Canada) Inc.; Steve Rankin, board chair, Discovery Centre; Michelin Man; Pete Selleck, chairman and president, Michelin North America; Lauren, Dov Bercovici, CEO, Discovery Centre & the Michelin Man surrounded by children of Michelin employees from Nova Scotia’s three sites: Andrew (Bridgewater) Kenzie & Quinn (Waterville), Luca (Pictou County), Matt, Andrew (front) and Lauren (Pictou County).