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REN Feb'17: Teaching Prototyping via Experiential Learning

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Reactor Educator Network (REN) Feb'17: Teaching Prototyping via Experiential Learning

In this month’s Reactor Educator Network (REN) meet up, we covered the fundamentals of teaching prototyping in classrooms. Held at Nanyang Girls' High School, we are incredibly impressed by the environment at their Makerspace! During this REN session, educators got to learn 3 types of prototyping formats: software, hardware, and experience prototyping - and how to effectively apply them in the classroom.

Reactor Educator Network (REN) Feb'17: Teaching Prototyping via Experiential Learning

Some of the learning objectives included learning to engage students using Information and Communication Technology (ICT), as well as how to translate the REN lesson plan to help their students with their project work.

Reactor Educator Network (REN) Feb'17: Teaching Prototyping via Experiential Learning

We started off with a short presentation on the 4th step in the Design Thinking (DT) process, based on the Stanford D-School Methodology, by letting the educators have a sneak peek of his “Design Thinking Cheat Sheet”.

Reactor Educator Network (REN) Feb'17: Teaching Prototyping via Experiential Learning
Reactor Educator Network (REN) Feb'17: Teaching Prototyping via Experiential Learning

Following a demonstration of how to use the resources provided, educators got busy creating their very own mobile (and desktop) websites right there in the classroom.

Reactor Educator Network (REN) Feb'17: Teaching Prototyping via Experiential Learning

The software prototyping didn’t stop there. Educators even got to create applications using their own drawings. The prototype pictured above is especially genius. It has been proven that kids and the Internet are rather receptive to talking cats.

Reactor Educator Network (REN) Feb'17: Teaching Prototyping via Experiential Learning

After a short tea break, the entire party moved over to Nanyang Girls’ High School’s very own Makerspace. There, the educators were given permission to use any of the equipment including but not limited to: woodworking tools, the sewing station, and hot glue guns to create their hardware prototypes.

Reactor Educator Network (REN) Feb'17: Teaching Prototyping via Experiential Learning

The groups were then given a challenge each to create a prototype to optimise certain processes. E.g. create a prototype to make attendance taking more efficient.

Reactor Educator Network (REN) Feb'17: Teaching Prototyping via Experiential Learning
Reactor Educator Network (REN) Feb'17: Teaching Prototyping via Experiential Learning

As the groups got down to cracking, Reactor team members went around to help them with their prototypes and to answer any questions they had.

Reactor Educator Network (REN) Feb'17: Teaching Prototyping via Experiential Learning

The session ended with the groups taking turns to present their prototype. The ideas that the educators came up with were impressive, to say the least. They were all highly innovative in their ideation and thus, concluded a very successful REN meet up.

Special thanks to Imran, Mark, and Gayle for allowing us into their space and making this event possible, and to all the participants. 

We hope to see you at the next REN meet up happening on 31 March 2017! Interested educators can sign up here: bit.ly/RENtypeform :)

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