Creativity & Innovation Centre


What is the Creativity & Innovation Centre (CIC)?
The CIC is a new building that we are planning on the Haimhausen campus replacing the old sport hall. BIS has procured Perkins Eastman to develop plans for the centre with the target of having the building completed in 2.5 years after we begin to break ground, which we hope to be in 2018.

The CIC will be a STEAM building.
STEAM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths and is used to describe an educational approach to learning that incorporates these academic disciplines as an access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

STEAM vs STEM
STEAM is a way to take the benefits of STEM (in German the acronym is MINT) and complete the package by integrating these principles in and through the arts. it allows students to connect their learning in these critical areas together with arts practices, elements, design principles, and standards to provide the whole pallet of learning at their disposal. STEAM removes limitations and replaces them with wonder, critique, inquiry, and innovation.

What is Design Thinking Education?
Design Thinking Education takes the interdisciplinary learning of STEAM to the next level by bringing real world problems to the educational process. Design Thinking incorporates the following process:

  • Empathize
  • Define / Analyze
  • Ideate / Create
  • Prototype
  • Test

Design thinking is the driving process of innovation at many companies around the world and fits perfectly with the BIS mission: Inspiring and challenging young minds as a caring and committed international community to achieve excellence, assume responsibility and pursue life-long learning.

In other words, design thinking incorporates our values of instilling a never-ending curiosity (life-long learning), being a global-citizen (international community) and success through prototyping and testing that allows for learning and includes failure, i.e. failing forward (excellence and responsibility).

Why a building?
It solves the classroom capacity and technology problems that we currently have on the Haimhausen campus. This is a permanent solution to the temporary containers in addition to allowing for growth in the secondary school.

Benefits of design thinking through STEAM
Design thinking not only embraces creativity it also engages the students like never before. We hope that this will lead to more students choosing to pursue fields in the sciences and engineering at the same time making students who were already included towards the sciences and engineering more creative.

How can you help?
With a cost for the whole project estimated at approximately €20 million, we are seeking donations for classrooms, labs and equipment, gathering areas and furniture. However, this is a signature project that could be interesting for one person, a corporation or a single charity that believes in preparing the next generation of leaders for the challenges of the future.

Please contact our Development Office if you would like to become more involved.