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.
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.
As we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, we have been partnering for a while now with Agency by Design (AbD), a research group out of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero. As we dive in to this work, we’ve been exploring ways that making not only creates space for play and creativity in…
Quarter 1 just ended at Lighthouse. See what Ms. Dobras’ 7th and 8th grade making class have been up to!
In this new feature, we will give a quick summary of the different Making projects happening each week throughout the school. We will also spotlight specific projects in more detail in other posts. Read on to learn about all the ways our teachers are integrating Making into our classrooms! The kindergarteners continued a woodworking unit during their…
A couple of weeks ago, Kerri Frederick at La Escuelita Elementary asked us for help setting up their Maker Space. They are another school in the Oakland Unified School District that is partnering with Maker Ed’s VISTA program, and had expected to have two VISTAs arriving before the school year started.
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.
This project was inspired by the hit video Caine’s Arcade, and concluded our summer making program.
Our summer makers use what they had learned from building cars to build robots!
Summer makers build their own toy cars!