58 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
team went into their classrooms. Our goal for the students was to engage them in making and tinkering
that is accessible and relevant to their lives. Since cardboard construction was such a big hit with their
teachers and cardboard is easily accessible to everyone, we decided this was the best place to start. Our
challenge for them was:
Create an animal. Draw your animal first, then create it using cardboard.
This challenge has been enough for our students at ASB to start drawing and creating. Hence so we
assumed this would work at this school too.
Learning #1: Ask the Right Questions
The students needed context. Their style of learning is content based, and while they might be creative
at home, school hadn’t become a place for this yet. We needed to help them brainstorm and ask them
the right questions to guide their thinking. While asking the right questions, we realized how irrelevant
our challenge was! We changed this challenge to something we thought that they could relate to:
Design Your Own City. But even this prompt wasn’t enough. We, as facilitators, had to push their
thinking. Here are a few questions we asked:
What makes a city?
Tell me about where you live.
What kinds of buildings exist?
What do hospitals look like to you?
Where do your parents work?
What does the design of your school look like?
Asking these questions helped start conversations and expand their thinking on the things that they
could possibly build.
Students working on their cardboard models