Instead of naming our upstairs area MakerSpace or Learning Commons, we decided to call our space the Innovation Arena. The word "innovation" covers all that we hope to accomplish with our vision. According to George Couros from The Innovator's Mindset, innovation is "a way of thinking that creates something new and better" (p. 19). We wanted individuals to feel empowered, free, and have resources enabling them to do just that, create and innovate. We tossed around "Innovation Lab," "Innovation Hub," before we came up with "Innovation Arena." This fits the upstairs due to it being open, accessible, and visible to everyone.
Our vision for the Innovation Arena is "Where Learning and Ideas Come to Life!" Our mission , "We are an inspiring space where all are challenged to innovate, collaborate, create, and engage in critical thinking through discovery, real-world problem solving, and project-based learning."