Many schools have maker spaces – or are contemplating building them – but aren’t exactly sure how to use them or understand how to leverage their use across the curriculum. EXPLO Studio is focused on critical making: transforming the ordinary into something with meaning. It’s not making for the sake of making, but making for a purpose.
Mindset Over Machines
(Though You’ll Be Trained On Our Maker Equipment)
As an educator, critical making depends far less on the equipment you have and far more on how you think about making in relation to your curriculum, your teaching, and your school culture. EXPLO Studio’s critical making approach cultivates critical thinking, complex problem solving, creativity, clarity of communication, and collaboration. Good critical making will help students see in new and innovative ways.
"As I plan for next year's lessons I find myself constantly taking a step back and figuring out ways I can EXPLO-cize."
Crystal Hercules, Teacher, Kuumba Academy and Professional Development participant
“'Amazing curriculum' and 'a learner's space for trial and error' is what I would describe EXPLO."
-Shuwen, Harvard Graduate School of Education Studio participant
"[EXPLO] opened my eyes to how important interactive, communicative, and student-centered learning is to a successful learning experience."
Cecilia Hylton, Teacher, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
"Our trip to EXPLO was incredible. Inspirational. Game changing. Motivating. Way too short. Fantastical. Awesome. Important."
Lizz, Harvard Graduate School of Education Studio participant
"Working as an EXPLO Curriculum Advisor reminded me that the best teaching experiences are always a dialogue rather than a monologue. It is exciting to work with new teachers and to hear their ideas and help them to shape their classes. It affirms for me how interactive, creative and vibrant education can be."
Laura Wayth, Assistant Professor of Theatre, San Francisco State University
"EXPLO PD reminded me that the focus on education is on creating lifelong learners, inspiring intellectual curiosity, tapping into people's strengths, and growth of the whole individual. It also really reminded me of the beauty of involved and inquiry-based learning."
Teacher, EXPLO Professional Development participant
EXPLO’s Been Doing “Making” for 40 Years
EXPLO has been providing these hands on, critical making experiences for over 40 years. EXPLO Studio is staffed by experienced and playful K-12 and college level educators who are also scientists, writers, engineers, artists, software designers, and fabricators. All are passionate about changing the nature of what goes on in classrooms across the world.