Boys as Makers

26 – 28 April 2018

University School
Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States

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With a tradition of hands-on learning going back to 1890 and building on the rising tide of interest in experiential learning in boys’ schools, University School will host an exciting conference this spring, “Boys as Makers.”

The conference will focus on three essential questions:

  1. How do we design effective curriculum that fosters a maker mindset and that is especially compelling in the context of a boys’ school?
  2. What mindset and skill set do we want to develop in our boys so they are ready to jump into the changing landscape of creative industry and entrepreneurship?
  3. What kinds of spaces develop a maker’s mindset?

In addition to faculty presentations on design thinking, classroom practice, curriculum development, and assessment of maker projects, we have lined up several keynote speakers including Michael Goldberg, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design and Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He was recently asked to be a judge for MIT’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge, which awards more than $1 million to organizations around the world that are “using technology to solve a grand challenge of our time.”

We will highlight our new state-of-the-art Shaker Campus Steamworks and our Manual Arts and Design Center at our Upper School. We will also examine how creative elements of our Lower School theme-based curriculum and a number of our experiential Middle School projects lay the foundations for creativity and problem solving in high school.

We will highlight the new energy that is driving Cleveland to become a hub of creative entrepreneurship with an onsite visit to Case Western Reserve University’s think[box], a 50,000 square foot innovation center.

Participants will walk away inspired to dream of possibilities and equipped with practical ideas to create and implement curriculum.

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