EC.S09 D-Lab: Education & Learning
Explores learning in the international development context and how innovative approaches and researched best practices can overcome challenges such as limited resources, language barriers, large class sizes, and entrenched pedagogy.
With an emphasis on experiential and project-based learning, this class explores core concepts and skills to nurture creativity in youth and develop interactive educational tools around design thinking, foundational literacy and numeracy, science and engineering, livelihood applications and more. Students collaborate on projects with partner communities and regional innovation centers through empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping and testing together while receiving feedback from analogous users, peers, and mentors.
Fieldwork opportunities available in the summer.
|Semester Offered:||Spring (Offered since 2013)|
|Lecture Location:||N51-310 (First session meets in R Feb 4)|
|Lecture Times:||TR 3-5|
|Units (credit hours)||2-2-5|
|Class Size:||25 students|
Course Student Projects
|2013||Atomic Bingo Transistor Origami||Prototypes of low-cost, physically intuitive models of atomic structure and transistors designed with teachers in New Longoro, Ghana|
|Bidirectional Learning With Global Peers||Digital exchange connecting the Advent School in Boston and the Avani School in Uttarakhand, India|
|InnovaTZ!||Educational videos supporting innovation and invention in Tanzania|
|Luz del Futuro||Workshops empowering waste-pickers to develop public speaking, mathematics, and entrepreneurship skills in Bluefields, Nicaragua|
|MakerEDU||Primary school educational modules teaching creativity through design in suburban Massachusetts (Weston) and rural Uganda (Kasiisi) #candoattitude!|
|The Lenana Project||Four week STEM camp working with teachers to develop hands-on projects in Lenana, an urban slum in Kenya|