Engage young learners by taking them to different spaces to spark new and innovative ideas

How might exposure to nature & spaces outside of students' common learning spaces impact the creative process.

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I think that we should re-think learning spaces.  It might be interesting to have activity-specific spaces (including outdoor spaces) and flexible spaces where the spaces can be reconfigured easily.  I also wondered about students creating their own learning spaces and teachers rotating through to teach (vs the other way around).

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With STEM, so much of the value is in tinkering with ideas and really getting your hands dirty. It would be interesting to explore the difference btw a learning environment that is non-STEM vs. one that is, and how you can redesign the experience to play to those strengths.

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I look at STEM a little bit differently than other types of learning spaces because they require specialized devices, power, ventilation, etc.  Non-STEM tinkering can be done in different types of spaces.  For example, we have a large tinkering cart that is full of odds and ends and is used for creativity and prototyping.  STEM spaces are similar to a kitchen, except more rigid.  In a kitchen, ingredients are all types of food that can be combined in a bowl.  STEM "ingredients" can be plastic, wood, wires, computer components, motors, etc. and only compatible "ingredients" can be combined.

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