The school’s teachers (and their principal) and their finished
cardboard construction of the Sea Link, Mumbai
Cardboard construction was a turning point for our team and for the school’s teachers. This was
presented as a design challenge. The prompt was:
We all know the Great Wall of China, Eiffel Tower, and the Taj Mahal have been the 7 wonders of the
world. But what are the 7 wonders of India? What are the wonders of Mumbai?
Build something out of cardboard that represents your wonder of India. Present your models, and talk
about one interesting fact about your wonder.
The teachers worked in groups of four, and used
recycled cardboard and Makedo materials that
allowed for fast and easy cardboard
construction. The teachers quickly realized that
teamwork and simple designs for their wonders
would be necessary before construction. The
groups worked independently and had amazing
ideas for constructing their wonders. Once
completed, the teams reflected on the design
challenges they faced while building. The
teachers expressed interest in recreating the
project in their classrooms.
Experience is the Best Teacher
What started with a mix of unsure and excited learners, multiple languages (we communicated with the
teachers in three languages - Hindi, Marathi, and English), and questions about learning through
‘making’, ended in a group of teachers equipped with several easy ways to recreate these maker
projects in their classrooms. The Scribble-Bots project showed the teachers how ‘making’ sets the stage
for divergent thinking and problem solutions and that projects are excellent ways to engage learners.
Turtle Art gave the group hands-on experience using technology to explore the lines, shapes, patterns,
and mathematical relationships. ‘Creating the Wonders of India’ project instilled passion and inspired
the teachers to get a deeper understanding of what they were already familiar with. During the
reflection session at the end of the day, one teacher noted that “Experience is the best teacher.” They
all stated that the experience made them wish they could go back to school to learn by making. This
group of teachers had gained first-hand experience in bringing making and tinkering to their students.
The teachers took their cardboard models back to their school to show their students. These structures
are placed in their classrooms today for students to remember that there is space to dream, and that
their school supports this kind of learning too.
‘Making’ Workshops with the Students
After facilitating a day long hands-on making & tinkering workshop with teachers from GBMH, the Re.D
Studio team was poised to introduce learning through making to the students at the school. The plan
was to facilitate workshops that would provide students at a couple of grade levels at the school with
experiences in learning through hands-on making. Instead of having these students come to ASB, our