We garden, code, keep bees, sew, weave, build circuits, design websites, and smith metal. We see the opportunity to create a curriculum that centers around that experience, focusing on the engagement and energy that surrounds the active experience of making.
To make things, you need skills: measurement, math, and ratios; how to read diagrams and schematics; how to follow recipes; how to take notes and make judgements about what to try differently next time; how to document projects and share them on the internet.
We are creating a curriculum of projects that engage kids in making things, strengthening their math, language, reasoning, chemistry, tech, design, and collaboration skills along the way.
The immediacy and tangible qualities of hands-on projects provide a different kind of motivator for developing those skills and literacies that are crucial to success in school and life. We are seeking a kind of engagement that sees our kids motivated to learn through these hands-on projects, strengthening their academic skills and helping them become life-long learners.