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Constructing a Maker’s Mindset with DIY Materials
Wednesday November 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
Presented by Darri Stephens, Director, Community Marketing, Wonder Workshop; and Victoria Davila, Industrial Designer, Wonder Workshop
Sponsored by Wonder Workshop
In today’s digital world, the art of ideation and tinkering still begs for hands-on construction. Craft sticks, pipe cleaners, and toilet paper tubes are not just for kindergartners. There is something just so satisfying about prototyping an idea, big or small, from do-it-yourself materials.
The 4 C’s are all about preparing today’s learners for tomorrow’s workplace. In this edWebinar, learn more about how to embrace a maker’s mindset, popular in makerspaces and fablabs across the globe. Darri Stephens, Director of Community Marketing for Wonder Workshop, and Victoria Davila, Industrial Designer for Wonder Workshop, share how you can embrace components of design thinking in your everyday teaching while encouraging aspects of project-based learning and authentic assessment. Hear about tips to optimize your room environment for such active, collaborative work. Plus, encourage the idea of grit and “failing forward” in your students; it’s never too late to learn!
PreK-2 teachers, SPED educators, librarians, tech specialists, administrators, and makerspace facilitators will benefit from watching this recorded session.
About the Presenters
Having taught students from elementary to graduate school, Darri Stephens enjoys connecting those in the education community through her Director of Community Marketing position at Wonder Workshop. A lifelong educator, Darri melds her love of content development, instructional design, educational research, and the ever-changing edtech world daily. Her award-winning work with educational leaders, from those in the classroom to those at the state level, is helping K-12 classrooms integrate technology thoughtfully and meaningfully. Inspired by her teaching in Los Angeles and NYC public schools for over ten years, she has earned master’s degrees in education from both Harvard University and Stanford University. Darri started her career as a Teach for America corps member. Previously, Darri was Senior Director for Education Content at Common Sense.
Victoria Davila is an industrial designer at Wonder Workshop, where she has the pleasure of creating new content and designing new accessories. A passion for education and endless creativity led her to become a toy designer. Her background in engineering has allowed her to find her niche in toy invention, robotics, and design for manufacture. Her experience includes three years as a cat and dog toy designer in companies such as P.L.A.Y., SmartKat, and Petlinks.
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Wonder Workshop creates engaging, hands-on learning tools, programming languages, and curriculum that bring STEM and coding to life for grades K-8. Robotics fosters critical thinking skills at an early age, encourages creativity, and turns students into makers rather than consumers. Wonder Workshop is the creator of the Dash and Dot robots. Let’s inspire students to be future leaders in technology. Find out more at makewonder.com