Professional Development: 2015 and 2016

As part of the Creativity Lab’s mission to empower thoughtful, capable people through making, we disseminate best practices by offering professional development to educators from around country. This past year we offered several opportunities, from a new Making Math workshop — designed to focus on integrating making and abstract mathematical concepts — to Designing Making Experiences.

Update from the Lab: Meet our new VISTAs!

We have two new AmeriCorps VISTAs at the Creativity Lab; they started in the second week of August. Their first day was half-way through one of our Professional Development workshops, and it’s been full steam ahead ever since! Lighthouse is thrilled to have them here, and we hope you enjoy their contributions here on the blog.

Hiring – Development and Networking VISTA!

Do you want to be part of a growing movement to improve the educational experience of  low-income youth in Oakland through experiential, hands-on learning?  The Lighthouse Creativity Lab has been integrating design and making into our school’s practice over the past four years giving students the opportunity to think through and create their own visions…

Lava Mae Site Visit

It started with the Creativity Lab director presenting us with the idea of teaming up with the non profit organization, Lava Mae whose motto is, “Delivering Dignity one shower at a time.” We all were immediately excited and honored to get to have this wonderful experience offered to us and we got started. Our task…

Summer of Make!

This summer the Creativity Lab will be offering 5 weeks of creative making. Each week there will be a different theme including Fiber Arts, Animation, Toys and Games, Wood and Metal, and Creative Installations. Artist-Makers, Aaron Strauss and Becca Rose will be based at the Creativity Lab from June, working on the summer of making.…

Preparing for Maker Faire

As I walk into Ed Crandall’s classroom on a Tuesday afternoon, it’s hard to find a clear focal point, a single place to direct my attention. Students are stationed around tables throughout the room, most in small groups, working to build physical objects of their own design. Ed is the instructor for the ‘making’ course,…