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MAKERS CULTURE – CROSS -CURRICULA FUSION EXPLOSION
2017-10-27

"Everyone is born a Maker, but creative and innovative Makers are developed through frequent, deliberate practice" 

As the song writer said and I believe “I believe the children are the future. Teach them well and let them lead the way”.

 

It would be unjust to write this story from the end rather than the beginning. For the end was as a result of the means (the process). Hence, I will start with the journey.  This was a journey that begun with facilitators of learning, Principal, Joe Greenwood and Diane Anthony (Computer Science Teacher/ Technology Makerspace Coordinator). The need to transition SCIE into an environment that encourages 21st century learning. Learning that is dynamic. An environment that produces students with high levels thinking, social, ICT, language, research and international - mindedness skills. An environment that promotes high levels of collaboration, innovation and creativity. The need to create a space for students to engage all their senses while learning was foremost. Together the Principal and Makerspace Coordinator worked on a strategy to convert the old Computer Science lab into a dynamic learning environment. With contribution s from many sources internal and external to SCIE, they were able to bring the technology Makerspace into existence from August 2017.

  

The next challenge was to get the Makerspace functional. Several ECAs that encourage a high level of thinking skills are now run in the Makerspace. Students have begun to create physical, logic circuits inside the Makerspace.

   

The Makers Culture – Cross -curricula Fusion Explosion was the launching of SCIE’s Makerspace and It attracted a wide multicultural, cross section of participants from both local and international schools and experts within the Maker Education field across Shenzhen. Approximately, 30 students participated in a rigorous competition that required social, thinking, language, ICT, research and international -mindedness skills. Students and facilitators from Biology (Backstroke), Physics (Bryan Wang), Chemistry (Robert Liu) and Technology (Swati (Head of IT, Green Oasis) worked overtime with their various teams to complete projects.

  

Teams were required to also design costume s representative of their projects and develop a marketing strategy to promote their projects to an international audience which involved mainly adults. Students quickly learnt that the most important part of project development was the “process”. They recognised that there was much to be learnt from the process and that the skills learnt during the process were transferrable to any subject.

   

Several speakers including, Joe Greenwood (Principal, SCIE), Joseph Strzempka (Foreign VP - Nanshan Education Bureau, MakerEd Community Ambassador), Carrie Leung (Director of Maker Education, Shenzhen American International School, MakerEd Community Ambassador) and James Simpson (Founder, Steamhead, MakerEd Community Ambassador)  shared  information about Makerspace and Maker Education. SCIE was the first school in Shenzhen to host a Makers Event focused mainly on High Schools. Joe Greenwood being the Principal of the Hosting school shared SCIE’s vision for Maker Education and SCIE’s transition from traditional education to a more interactive, engaging learning environment. He showed before and after clips of the old computer lab compared to the new Makerspace.

   

The Makerspace Coordinator emphasised the need for high -school teachers to work as teams, sharing and collaborate with each in order to provide a learning environment that creates global citizens. She encouraged the audience to become lifelong learners and risk-takers in their bid to engage s tudents in project -based learning. She reminded educations that they were role -models for students and that students generally emulate what they see and not what we tell them to do.

   

Joseph, Carrie and James shared about the MakersEd movement within Shenzhen and its rapid growth and all the various upcoming activities. James focused on the usage and creation of electronic batches and their usage in motivating students to learn.

  

Student s’ language skills were tested at every level because they were required to answer the questions of curious adults who were inspired by their work and present to a largely unfamiliar audience about the “process” of their projects’ development. They were required to raise the level of their confidence to promote their projects in a bid to raise funds for their hard efforts as they promote their contribution towards society. They learnt about perseverance in times of disappointment, limit budget and low team dynamics.  Members of the audience were very impressed by the level of confidence and enthusiasm exhibited by students that they even offered to sponsor some of the students’ work.

 

 

   


Report/Diane Anthony (Technology Makerspace Coordinator)

 

 

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