Leila Moinpour, a product designer and a resident at Karkhana, introduced the concept of ‘using your hands to think’ to our team. In this technique, the learners are provided with a bunch of random stuff (bottles, CDs, duct tapes, cups, paper clips…) and they are given a problem statement that they have to solve in 10 minutes.
Author: Dipeshwor Shrestha (page 2 of 2)
We went to Shenzhen to attend Maker Faire in April, where we met some representatives from the Singapore Science Center. They were interested in the work we do and our approach to teaching. So they invited us to run a workshop for kids in Singapore. We conducted a making workshop at the Science Center in May 2014.
In the Exploration phase, the kids observed how a Carnival game was made and explored the different mechanisms involved, the materials used and the science behind the games. This phase helps the kids realize how simple the world around them is once they figure out how things are made, just by careful observation.
We then introduced the Karkhana design cycle, TMPI (Think, Make, Play, Improve). We wanted the kids to learn that making is an iterative process.
In the Expression phase, we gave the kids some materials like cardboard, glue, duct tapes and paper to make their carnival games. The kids express their ideas (communicate), they learn to work in a team (collaborate), they solve problems they face in making (think critically) and explore innovative ideas (creativity). Read more