Purposeful Making by Tina Hernandez

(written by Tina for Designing Purposeful Making Experiences, Jun 2017) Statement – What is purposeful or meaningful making? Start with a statement. Purposeful making drive some deeper understanding toward a stated educational goal. Journey – How did you arrive at this statement/understanding? What experiences have you had that supported you to get there (at school,…

Purposeful Making by Ed Crandall

(written by Ed for Designing Purposeful Making Experiences, Jun 2017) Statement – What is purposeful or meaningful making? Start with a statement. Purposeful Making leads students to understanding the design process.  They learn to take an idea or problem, find a workable solution and make it real through prototyping, testing, giving and receiving critique from…

Purposeful Making by Adam Singer

(written by Adam for Designing Purposeful Making Experiences, Jun 2017) Children inherently love to build and create.. And when students have a their own meaningful connection to their work, feel their ideas are valued and that they are part of a collaborative and trusting class community, students can leverage that joyful love of making for…

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.

Catching Up Over Spring Break (Part 1)

I’m writing to you all from a lovely cafe in cloudy Portland, OR, a city that has welcomed me with its overcast skies, colorful parks, and nippy winds. It’s a nice change from good ole Hegenberger Road. With Lighthouse on Spring Break this week, I’ve taken it upon myself to settle in here with an Italian dark roast and…