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Remaking Education is pleased to announce the winner of the Grant for Remaking Education through Action Together (GREAT).  This $15,000 grant was available to support ideas hatched during the Remaking Education event and which embody the event’s core principles. The winner of the GREAT is:

Faculty as Students: Using Makerspaces to Remake Education

Inspired by the DESIGN experience at Remaking Education, this project will provide a situational opportunity for 20 faculty members at the University of New Haven to collaborate with the people and other resources of MakeHaven, a community makerspace in New Haven, as well as with peer faculty from Bucknell University who are experienced with hands-on, experiential learning in the college environment. Its objectives are to build a community of faculty comfortable within the collaborative, experimental and hands-on culture of makerspaces – qualities that were foundational to the Remaking Education event – and ready to envision ways in which they might incorporate the power of authentic project-based learning into their own classes.

Project Lead:

Maria-Isabel Carnasciali, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Chair, Department of Engineering & Applied Science Education; and Director, University Makerspace, at the University of New Haven

Project Collaborators:

Margot Vigeant, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Faculty Coordinator, B-FAB Bucknell Fabrication Workshop, at Bucknell University

J.R. Logan, Executive Director, MakeHaven, in New Haven, CT

We are also delighted to award smaller grants to two additional projects that also embody the spirit of Remaking Education:

Design-Build-Deliver: The Democratization of STEM

The newly founded Lewisburg Children’s Museum (LCM) is located in rural central Pennsylvania and engages an economically diverse, underserved, rural audience. LCM will host fabrication workshops to introduce children, their early teachers, and their caregivers to fabrication equipment. The project will also involve undergraduate students and faculty in fabrication training and authentic projects within the informal, collaborative learning environment of a children’s museum. The Design-Build-Deliver team envisions shaping this all-ages democratization of “making for a cause” into a portable demonstration project and to develop a ‘train the trainer’ workshop that can have impact far beyond central Pennsylvania.

Project Leads:

Erin Jablonski, President and Founder, Lewisburg Children’s Museum; Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director of Pre-College Engineering Programs, at Bucknell University

            Marian Marchioro, Director and STEM Education Coordinator, Lewisburg Children’s Museum

Margot Vigeant, Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Faculty Coordinator, B-FAB Bucknell Fabrication Workshop, at Bucknell University

The Learning City

The Foundry Consortium, a new non-profit focusing on the connections between STEM and the arts, and connected to the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, is surveying city residents about their interests in becoming engaged in community programming. The Foundry will host face-to-face meetings to engage members of the Cambridge community in dialogues about how they might envision themselves interacting with the Foundry. Questions they will ask include: What do you want to learn? How do you want to learn? Whom do you want to learn from? What might you want to teach? How and under what conditions? The Foundry’s report on the outcomes of these conversations will inform future program development related to life-long education, and may serve as a model for other communities seeking to develop stronger connections between and among diverse populations, especially in relation to education.

Project Lead:

Stephanie Couch, Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT Program

Project Collaborators:

Betsy Boyle, Director of Operations, Lemelson-MIT Program

Martha McKenna, Director of the Creativity Commons, Lesley University

Sue Cusack, Director of the STEAM Learning Lab, Lesley University

Katherine Shozawa, Director of Community Engagement, Lesley University

Jeff Goldenson, Special Projects Strategist, Olin College

The large number and diverse array of proposals that were submitted to this grant competition serve as evidence that Remaking Education was deeply generative, long after the event itself concluded.  As we noted in the program and the opening remarks, our hope was that participants would come to this event as a crowd, but leave as a parade, marching to a shared drumbeat about the future of education. 

We will update this website with reports from each of the GREAT recipients. We would also be especially delighted to receive comments from YOU about how you have continued to put the ideas and experiences you had at Remaking Education into practice in your own context.  Please send those to us at: remaking.education@olin.edu.

Remaking Education sketch provided by Margot Vigeant Alt