Dreaming Up

Project-based Learning as Language

The maker movement may conjure 3D printers in the public imagination, but the underlying processes of maker education indicate a way of thinking available to all, no matter what materials you have to start.

This short documentary was filmed over the course of a month spending time in and around the Wooldridge Elementary School in Austin, TX. The dynamic use of its school library showcases how project-based learning outfits children to succeed in a bilingual learning environment. Organizations like Maker Ready, featured in the film, advocate for project-based learning in schools with workshops, events, and by developing project kits. Together their insights help illustrate how test-oriented curricula can leave some essential learning practices on the sidelines.

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