CO.LAB teaches students how to work together to solve problems, encounter new ideas, and create something entirely new out of a shared experience.
Collaboration is a powerful driver of innovation and discovery, and open source methodology is a key part of STEAM education. So we’re hoping to empower young women with collaborative skills that will help them succeed in their pursuit of science, technology, engineering and math careers.
Students began by building, programming, and learning how to operate their Raspberry Pi digital cameras. After that, they read and discussed and arrived at a shared understanding of a poem dealing with themes of community and finding one’s place in the world.
After learning some basics of photography and visual storytelling, the girls journeyed through the neighborhood—finding inspiration, shooting photos, and forming stories based on the poem they had discussed.
"My first day was really fun...because we got to build these cameras, and build the computer, and usually students don’t get to access that sort of technology, so I think we’re really lucky."
"I learned that open source is open to the community, and open to the person, where anyone can see it if they search for something. I think open source can really help you find anything."
"I think collaboration is important, and I think that people contributing to another idea is very important, because many more ideas can pop up from there."
"If you don’t understand something, don’t give up. Ask someone for help. Ask your classmates and teachers, because it’s all about collaboration."
CO.LAB introduces middle school girls to the principles of open source—and to a world of technology and collaboration that they may not have otherwise considered.
Red Hat is committed to diversity and inclusion in the technology industry because openness and broad participation feeds creativity and innovation. The best idea can come from anyone, so we make sure everyone has a chance to contribute.
CO.LAB is just one of the ways Red Hat demonstrates the transformative power of people working together.
The open source way
Open source is more than just a way to create software. It's about building things without limitations. And it's about forming new communities without boundaries.
At Red Hat, we're committed to showing what people can do when they make things in the open. Because when we share, we thrive.