Faculty Corner: Design Thinking, Makery, Engineering and Technology Department

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We asked some of the members of the Design Thinking, Makery, Engineering and Technology (D-MET) department to describe the type of learning that the K – 12 Learning Commons will facilitate. Each of them works with students in multiple grade levels, helping to incorporate the design-thinking process and applied learning into a variety of courses, from middle-school shop to ninth-grade biology to art and engineering.

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Wendi Kamiya

“Taking a problem or challenge and designing and making a real and tangible solution enables students to develop deep understanding and learning that endures.”





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Justin Lai

“Applied learning teaches you the complexity of a project. You have an idea to make something and think it’s going to be so easy, but it involves so many steps and iterations to actually bring it to fruition.”




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Dee Ching

“We are teaching students how to collaborate, communicate and value each other’s ideas. The social-emotional component is an important part of their learning journey.”




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Aaron Dengler

“We are trying to teach children about the world outside their heads. It’s the application of John Dewey’s philosophy that children learn better by doing.”





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Liz Castillo

“We see how excited and intrinsically motivated students are when they are asked to design creative solutions to real-world problems. This type of learning engages students because it makes learning both personal and meaningful.”



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Tedd Landgraf

“I believe this has to do with developing creative problem solvers. It’s about building confidence in students so they know that they can be a force for action and change.”





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Taryn Loveman

“This is the kind of training that will make students competitive and flexible in the future, and it gives them powerful tools to be a positive force in the world.”

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