TED Lab – Greenfield Arts (Room 13)

Greenfield Arts is the site of the ‘Room 13’ SOLE Lab. Designed to be very different to a normal classroom, Room 13 has an ‘outdoor feel’ – including artificial grass – and unusual seating and decoration to make it an attractive and social space to spend time in. Continue reading

TED Lab – Phaltan

Located in the small, historic town of Phaltan, this lab is approximately 115 km from Pune in the Satara District of Maharashtra in Western India.

It is housed in a site where the Granny Cloud has already been used by the middle school for a year. Continue reading

TED Lab – Kalkaji

Kalkaji is located in the capital, New Delhi, in a girls’ school close to the site of Sugata’s original Hole in the Wall experiment.

The school only runs in the morning as the premises are shared with the boys who attend school in the afternoon. Continue reading

TED Lab – Gocharan

The project’s flagship lab is located in the village of Narayanitala, Gocharan and opened in early 2015.

Many of the insights already gained while setting up School in the Cloud labs in the other locations have been worked into the construction at Gocharan. Continue reading

TED Lab – George Stephenson High School

The world’s first School in the Cloud opened its doors at George Stephenson High School.

Students designed the interior of this one-room learning lab – which has colourful beanbags scattered throughout and fluffy clouds painted on the walls. Continue reading

TED Lab – Chandrakona

Kiageria village, where this School in the Cloud lab is located, has a population of about 2000, with approximately 800 children under the age of 16.

While there are three primary schools for Grades 1 to 4, there is only one high school [for Grades 5 to 8]. Approximately 400 children are spread across these four schools. Their parents are mostly involved in agriculture.

The School in the Cloud lab at Chandrakona was initiated by the NGO Sarbik Pally Kalyan Kendra [SPKK]. This NGO works towards rural development and is based in the village where the lab has been built.

Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar – a key member of the Bengal renaissance who was given the title ‘Vidyasagar’ meaning ‘Ocean of Knowledge’ – was born in a nearby village. Despite this, the district still faces many challenges today and the SinC lab opens up a variety of possibilities. The lab itself has been built on land owned by the SPKK overlooking a large pond.

Kiageria is located in West Midnapore [Paschim Medinipur] district of West Bengal and the closest town is Chandrakona, 3km away. It is approximately 150km from Calcutta [Kolkata].