Learning #2: Physical Examples
It was critical for students to see a physical example. This is where empowering the teachers was
powerful because the Wonders of India models that teachers had created during the Maker PD stood
tall in the classroom that the students were making in. This greatly enhanced the process because the
students were now looking up to their teachers as creative and knowledgeable in making, and not just
the Re.D Studio team.
Learning #3: Talk Their Talk
A few members of our team knew a little bit of Hindi, but even though these students knew Hindi, they
were most comfortable with Marathi. When our communication was in their native language and the
vocabulary catered to their thinking, the student engagement and participation increased two fold.
Learning #4: Making the Shift Takes Time
Ideally, our team wanted to throw out a challenge and give students an hour to brainstorm, design and
create their cardboard construction. This has worked well for us at ASB during Maker Saturdays and
other maker events. However, we quickly realized this wouldn’t work. The students have grown up with
a different learning style, and the shift to discovery and exploration in the classroom will take some
time. In the meanwhile, we had to ease the students through the process of making by facilitating the
brainstorm sessions and working with them to build their models.
Learning #5: Creativity is Alive
The students had no problem with being creative and dreaming. We quickly learned that students were
already building at home. After the first few sessions, students started bringing in models they had
created at home. They kept these on display and just like the ones that their teachers had created, these
models inspired others to think big. As the teachers walked around while the students were building,
they started to appreciate their learning through their making. Many teachers were ecstatic when
students who normally didn’t do well in their classes were the stars while making. Creativity was always
there. We just needed to find a way to channel it into something that would allow it to become visible.
Students holding up their finished model of a house