Nanyang Girls’ High School marks the school year calendar with learning opportunities for Teachers and Support Staff to gather together to try new things. Among many choices during one Learning Sabbatical, the Makerspace offered a hands-on workshop for creating an Automaton (self winding toy) with a customizable toy on top.
I like to create experiences that are accessible but challenging with outcomes, where the learner has wowed themself beyond their own expectations. For me, the key to the success of any workshop is preparing materials and resources to balance allotted time with participant ability.
All my Maker workshops end with a sharing circle, where everyone shared their surprise and gratification with what they accomplished.