If we want to encourage students to see themselves as makers, why not create a regular forum in schools for students to solve real challenges? We have The Teachers Guild, OpenIDEO, and Redesign Challenge modeling how design-thinking works for school and community problems. Let's bring it to the school level now.
At Florida Virtual School, I have started a monthly Design Lab to encourage makers. Students suggest personal design challenges such as, "How might we redesign the course navigation experience?" The forum is open to teachers, administrators, and even parents to learn alongside these student makers as equals. In one hour, I take them through a design-thinking cycle including rapid prototypes.
Whether it's online or in a physical space, the cost is minimal. It's the spirit of innovation that must be cultivated, and that's free. What began as a Lean Startup experiment can become a movement!