Like our Design Cycle,

THIS PAGE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS

This young innovator is having way too much fun developing his design ideas for how to create a portable rainwater filtration system.  

Our Designs are:

GREEN!

Fun

Inquiry-based

Collaborative

Driven by curiosity

Hands On

Purposeful (well that's the goal                                anyway!)

Video: A Day in Life of Mini Me's Being Born!

Footage from a single class period midway through the project.

Thank you to my awesome student, Aaron, for his epic filming and editing skills!

How can we engineer a creative and functioning Mini Me to investigate what makes me me?

A ball and socket solution.

- Joint models that are mimic our own.

- Individual height and proportions to 30 cm.

- Any creative expression of a facet of your personality you want to celebrate!

 arm socket prototype

Say

Cheese!

Looking good, Horia! A functioning Mini-Me!  Now time for facial research study, practice, and action!

Math guy

Science lady

Teacher workshop I developed with the science and math department.  We needed to play and plan before we could develop the unit.

THIS IS NOT

A HULA HOOP

..So I never teach the same unit twice.  I'll die.  But nearly every year, I do a "This is not a..." unit. Kids work in teams of three to transform an everyday object using at least 80% recycled materials to answer this design challenge.  

These kids (right) constructed t-shirt yarn from the lost and found pile to create a crocheted pouf!

How can we recycle found items to create functional and artistic instruments inpspired by those in Ghana?

wall organizer

alter

model

city

marble maze

Utopia

enormous bag

hanging garden

They let me keep the marble maze and it's the reward for cleaning up with a minute to spare!

A wine box, rice, plastic folder, chopsticks and beads become

A snare drum!

This designer was quick to understand the beauty of locally sourced materials!

Glass bottles for a heptatonic scale xylaphone prototype.

Protein power jars, newspaper, and surgical tubing become a jambé.

Where young designers get an opportunity to design, sew, and model their very own looks.

Partner challenge. Everything but the adhesive must originate from a used plastic bottle or aluminum can.

PASSION FOR FASHION

THIS IS NOT

A PLASTIC BOTTLE.

More to come!  This page does not yet include Sculpt Shanghai!  Or Food Fest!

Think she likes it?

I'd love to be in a true maker space with access to all the tools and gadgets, but for now "making do" pushes our creativity even more.  "Hmm, how else could I make this work?" 

AND HOW CAN I HELP LEAD SHANGHAI AMERICAN SCHOOL TOWARD BECOMING A DESIGN SCHOOL?

NAPA

NIGHT

I embrace change and evolution.  As a creative and an inquiry based educator, I was proud to serve on our "Project Now" committee to help SAS embody our mission.

HOW I CONNECTED INNOVATORS AND ENTRAPRENEURS TO SHANGHAI AMERICAN SCHOOL