Developing a Maker Mindset

Fun fact: here at the Creativity Lab, Making isn’t just about making things. Making is also about learning to see the world with new eyes, and developing deeper knowledge and understanding of the world around us. One of the ways we incorporate this idea is through using Agency by Design’s thinking routines. Educators can easily integrate these routines into any subject — even those not typically associated with making, like the Humanities. The first routine, called Parts, Purposes, and Complexities, (PPC) is a great one to start with, and is applicable to physical objects as well as abstract ideas and constructs.

Tips, Tricks, & Ideas: Cord Reels

These are a relatively new addition to our Creativity Lab, but they’ve been incredibly helpful. We installed these cord reels into our ceilings for easy access to power outlets, without the fuss of tangled extension cords that our students (and teachers!) are likely to trip over. These reels work something like window blinds: when not in…

How making expands students’ visions of themselves

The goal of maker education is not college and career preparation. The goals are deeper learning and authentic engagement, with an emphasis on turning learning over to the learner. However, making is the best college and career preparation that I have encountered, in part because it isn’t the core goal. Through making, students build their…

Tips, Tricks, & Ideas: Bandage Scissors

Someone (I don’t remember who—sorry!) recently gave us this nifty piece of advice, and I’d like to pass it on to all of you: bandage/medical scissors work really well for cutting cardboard. We used them for our marble maze and cardboard hands at Maker Faire, and they were great. I also tested them on Popsicle…