Recently a team of educators from the Lower School attended a one-day workshop in New York City led by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Dr. Gary Stager, the authors of Invent to Learn, Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom. These authors explained how to bring powerful ideas from science and the Maker Culture to the classroom.
One of the most attractive aspects of bringing the maker culture to schools is how it values the contributions of children as inventors and innovators. In the workshop, Dr. Stager was very direct in his message - knowledge is a consequence of experience. In the Lower School, we are constructing these kinds of problem-solving experiences for our students that emphasize doing, thinking, creating and making things better!