EDspaces 2014 Recap Part 1

School Outfitters’ Social Media Coordinator MaryKate Moran and Director of Marketing Scott Griffith share their observations from the EDspaces 2014 education sessions.

School Outfitters at EDspace 2014

School Outfitters at EDspaces 2014

  • Have you seen Caine’s Arcade? If not, watch it here. The show’s opening keynote was with the film’s director, Nirvan Mullick. Mullick talked the startling ingenuity of Caine and children like him – “Imagine what this kid could build with an engineering degree,” he pointed out.
  • Caine’s Arcade grew into a movement, with children around the world creating their own arcades and raising money for schools and the disadvantaged. This short film about encouraging the creativity of an elementary school boy in L.A. was the start of the Imagination Foundation.
  • Mullick also shared a funny anecdote about travelling the world together to promote the film and Caine digging through the recycling in a French alleyway, always in search of building materials.
  • A shining example of an elementary STEM education school, Booker T. Washington STEM Academy was formed over a series of committees consisting of teachers, community members and design experts. A true locally grown experience! teachers local experts. With geothermal wells and photovoltaic panels, it’s a LEED Gold-certified school. STEM learning opportunities are everywhere: students got to see the geothermal wells being dug, the paint lines of the basketball court are marked up with geometric notations and even the lighting in the ceiling is arranged to resemble constellations.
  • Educational researcher Dr. Sugata Mitra constructed computer terminal booths in rural India and let children do what they want with them. Months later, kids had reprogrammed them and were teaching themselves English. Learn more at Hole in the Wall.
  • To most people, the “21st Century classroom” implies open spaces, really driving home the “classroom is everywhere” way of thinking. But in a post-Sandy Hook world, is that feasible? Thick walls, lockdown rooms and blinds are the exact opposite of glass partitions, open spaces and windows that allow for lots of natural light.
  • Anecdotally, Architect Alan Post shared that classroom square footages declining, from an average of 900 square feet to 700 square feet. Movements like MakerSpace require a lot of square footage, however.

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