Tools? Yes. And also...
We have created a bold list of topics for the week. Through the variety of activities — a balance of hands-on teamwork, small group curriculum discussions, solo reflection time, and equipment tutorials — we will address the topics below, and more, in a meaningful way.
Tools of the modern Makerspace
Dancing With the New Machines
The “greatest hits” of the well-appointed maker space — laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC machines — are expensive pieces of equipment. Don’t let them gather dust. Through hands-on workshops, discover how to turn makerspace equipment into vital teaching-and-learning tools.
Work on your own biggest curriculum challenges with other teachers in an active studio environment. You do not need to change your curriculum wholesale. By simply adding elements of maker culture to any lesson plan, you can broaden the thinking and responsiveness of your students.
Powertools and HandTOols
Classic Tools Too
In our view, our collection of tools is just as mighty as the tech-enabled maker equipment. Spend time (re)acquainting yourself with a number of saws and drills, and wrestle with the question of when to use old versus new in designing a solution.
Some classrooms have students continually asking why, whereas in others, students aren't particularly engaged. Through curricular design and pedagogical practice, learn how to infuse your current lessons with elements — staging, novelty, narrative, constraints — that will up the curiosity factor.
Teacher as Facilitator
Help students earn their answers and go through the process of not knowing, Uncertainty is not a gap to close quickly, but a state of possibility where discoveries can happen. What should you be asking? What should students be asking? The right question opens the doors.
The Kind Critique
Criticism is the oxygen of the makerspace. Teach your students to look forward to someone telling them that they might be able to do better. Learn to give the most useful feedback by observing, empathizing, and understanding intentions.
Learning Through Obsevation
Close observation leads to clearer communication and seeing connections that aren’t apparent at a quick glance. Discover how much there is to learn through focused observation and develop the vocabulary for expressing just what you have seen.
Materials for Making
Making on a Budget
Laser cutters are fantastic, but critical making also happens with scissors and cereal boxes. We will re-source the everyday supplies you already keep in your classroom for critical making in unexpected ways.