At Do, Design, Discover (D3) makers from all over the world got together at Marymount School in New York City and not only learned about making, but challenged themselves and others about what making is and how it is used in education. After brainstorming topics and self selecting groups we got to work. I would like to tell about my groups project. While our project (in my humble opinion) was AWESOME!, the real product was a blank planning template that could be used to design projects that are both interdisciplinary and sustainable. We believe that making is a bridge between all content areas, a skill set that can enhance "real-life" learning and growing and something that should be able to be replicated and scaled for whatever the students'/teachers'/schools' needs are.
Our group's premise was to devise a project template that would incorporate multiple disciplines and focus on using sustainable materials with as few "consumables" as possible. With this in mind, we started by creating a blank template that could be used for any lesson/unit design. This link can be shared with anyone who wishes to use it. https://docs.google.com/a/worcesteracademy.org/document/d/1DOcMReXejgrrbfSg4YtU7LT90N-1AING7HWR-RuwMPU/edit?usp=sharing .
As we worked on the buttons, we realized a challenge was to make sure that conductivity would not be obstructed by materials and we had to problem solve as a group to make sure that the connection for the Makey-Makey would be strong.
At the end, our pieces and controller used little to no materials that could not be re-purposed, reused or recycled at the end of the activity. Our goal was to create something that could continue to add meaning to making and help teachers to create lessons that would incorporate responsible making in their classrooms, teams and schools.