This past week Greg Hill and Andrew Goodin travelled to Memphis, TN, to co-facilitate a Popup Makerspace at the Lausanne Leadership Institute at Lausanne Collegiate School. Around 20 educators from Canada and the U.S. came to our "Make, Hack, Play" session. Most teachers, who had little creative making tool experience, tried their hand at writing programs for the micro-controller Arduino, developing interactive circuits with ordinary fruit using a Makey Makey circuit and Scratch, designing key chains with a Makerbot Replicator 2, and building cardboard proto-types of products that could make a schoolday easier. It was amazing to watch enthusiastic adults learn like Kindergartners, moving around from station to station exploring, tinkering, and creating.
As Hill and Goodin moved around and spoke with participants, they heard several educators discussing how these experiences could be brought back to their schools. Others noted how the Design Thinking process helped them become more creative problem solvers. The Disruption Department looks forward to leading more of these opportunities at schools, organizations, and businesses around the Midwest. To see more pictures from this event, you can view them on our Flickr account.
If you'd like to schedule a Disruptive Event, contact Greg Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can bring a Disruptor to one of your professional development sessions or community events.
Special thanks to co-presenters Vinnie Vrotny (@vvrotny), Director of Academic Technology at Quest Academy in Palatine, IL, along with Tami Brass (@brasst), Director of Instructional Technology at St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, MN.