Maker Monday v5.16

Design Thinking, PBL, & Other Tinkering: News from d.lab

Saber Spotlight

A central idea of STEAM by Design, an approach to Maker Education being implemented here at St. Gabriel's, is that making can happen everywhere and anywhere on our campus.

For the last several days, Alicia Estrello, Monica Agostini, and Mike Scallon (just to name a few) have proven that this is indeed possible. In and around campus, Sabers are working on design, engineering, invention literacy, electronics, programming, and robotics concepts.

Students have been busy innovating and creating in the d.lab as well. In Lower School, Molly Bond, Kristen Pomeroy, and Callie Northcut have been bringing their classes by to explore Ozobots, while Michelle Estep, Gena Pass, and Jeni Messina's classes have been learning how to operate the scroll saw. In Middle School, Randy Judycki's science classes have continued their rocket design project with the launch scheduled for later in the week.

Making in the Media

Building Character & Purpose

This week's article highlights an often overlooked aspect of the Maker Movement -- that it's not just about creative uses of technology and innovation.

Although it doesn't often appear in the headlines, educators who advocate for making in schools know that it plays a crucial role in helping "young people develop a sense of agency in the world, a sense that they can change the world.”

See Making with a Mission (below) for one such example of this deeper, more essential purpose.

Making with a Mission