To Engage Students and Teachers, Treat Core Subjects Like Extracurriculars – Featured on MindShift

May 15, 2017

To Engage Students and Teachers, Treat Core Subjects Like Extracurriculars

Lighthouse Community Public Schools were featured in an article in Mind/Shift by Leah Shaffer. Read more.

Finding Success in Failure – Featured on The 74

December 12, 2016

Finding Success in Failure: STEM Educators Say Student Risk-Taking Is Key to Real-World Learning

The Lighthouse Creativity Lab was part of a feature in an article on STEM The 74 by Kate Stringer. Read more.

Freedom To Explore – Featured on NPR

November 1, 2016

Freedom To Explore: 2 Schools Where The Students Call The Shots

The Lighthouse Creativity Lab was featured on a piece by Eric Westervelt. Read more and listen.

3D Printed Object

3D Printed Object

Lighthouse Students Shine at East Bay Mini Maker Faire

October 24, 2016

Lighthouse Students showed off their work and maker skills on Sunday at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire! We showcased robot animals, LED pictures, scribble machines, and cardboard hands with the local Oakland Community. It was great for students to share what they had learned and to connect with the local maker community. We can’t wait until next year!

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Make Like an Egyptian: Tour of the Lighthouse Creativity Lab

October 12, 2016


Today we hosted a group of 10 international emerging leaders selected by the U.S. Embassy in Egypt to travel to the U.S. for a professional exchange program with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  For an hour we talked about how the Creativity Lab got started, how we currently support making at Lighthouse and Lodestar, and of course got to see some of the cool making projects Lighthouse students have been working on this year.  We also connected over our mutual passion for making and recognized that by handing over learning to students, making empowers them to affect change in their communities.  

Maker VISTA, Tobie Irvine, answering questions from visitors of Creativity Lab

Maker VISTA, Tobie Irvine, answering questions from visitors of Creativity Lab


It’s always exciting to learn about making that is happening outside of Lighthouse and particularly outside the U.S. We wish our new friends from Egypt the best as they work to empower their students through making, and we encourage everyone to take a tour of the Lighthouse Creativity Lab!


Woodworking and Scribble Machine Project Guides are Here: News

October 3, 2016

Awesome news! The Creativity Lab has just published project guides on woodworking for kindergarten and scribble machines. We have tested these projects out with teachers and students, and we have seen first-hand the rich learning experiences for adults and children alike. Check them out!

Upcoming Events at Lighthouse Community Charter School

March 11, 2016


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There are some new exciting events happening at Lighthouse and the Creativity Lab! See below for details.

Lighthouse Community Charter Public Schools Job Fair: Saturday, March 19, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
If you are looking for a collaborative, community-minded atmosphere in which to share your talents with an incredible group of students and families, look no further! Lighthouse and Lodestar are hiring amazing K-12 teachers for the 2016-17 school year. Join us for an afternoon of making, networking with great people, and eating some delicious and FREE food- lunch will be provided! RSVP and learn more here.

 Lighthouse Mini Maker Faire: Friday, April 22, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Bay Area makers are gathering at Lighthouse Community Charter School to share their work with you! This is the perfect chance to engage with student making on an intimate level, before the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, on May 21. Come support your neighborhood schools, and learn what it means to be a maker!

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News: CL Director Featured on Teaching Channel Website!

February 5, 2016

Aaron Vanderwerff, director of the Creativity Lab, was recently featured on “Teaching Channel” website, where he  explained how teachers can adopt several subtle shifts that will empower students and promote agency. To find outAaron Vanderwerff more, click the link below.

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News: Maker Fellows Program @ Lighthouse!

January 20, 2016

Lighthouse hosted the Maker Fellows program this past fall! Partnering with Parker Thomas and OUSD, LIghthouse helped to facilitate workshops for teachers eager to adopt a “maker mindset”.

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