So you can design, implement, and continuously improve
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Our Latest Posts

This is Me, Learning About How I Learn

by Gary Chapin, Consultant and Writer for Educating for Good, Boston. We free the chickens. Well, not all of them. Trial and error can be harsh. I met with Dave Hamilton at the Explo office in Norwood, Massachusetts. Explo is a non-profit org devoted to creating innovative learning experiences for kids. This is Dave Hamilton […]

Chicken Run: Documenting Process Without Sucking the Life Out of PBL

by David Hamilton, Director of Programs. “Do you have astroturf?” That was Gary Chapin’s first question when I introduced this challenge: There is a chicken on a car about to roll down a ramp onto a table. You must design a system to keep the chicken in the car and prevent the vehicle from rolling […]

Elevate Newsletter: June 10, 2022

by Ross Peters, Managing Partner. It has been a busy week at EXPLO Elevate. Good busy. Earlier in the week we had a fantastic team meeting. As our team of Senior Consultants grows to meet various types of school needs, we spent time getting to know each other better and discovering the areas of deep […]

Designs in 90 Seconds – Shadow Casting

by David Hamilton, Director of Programs In our latest “Designs in 90 Seconds” video, we explore shadow casting. With a few pieces of cardstock, some Playdoh, and your smartphone, you can have a quick and easy way to explore composition, movie-making effects, visual story-telling, and even (coming soon) trigonometry. We like using shadows as a […]

Improving Your Teaching with One Piece of Data (Part 2): Observing Robots

by David Hamilton, Director of Programs, EXPLO Elevate. Recently, a high school robotics teacher asked me to observe her class. When I asked her what kind of feedback she was looking for, she said, “Anything you think could be better.” On the one hand, a welcome response – she’s open to and actively seeking feedback. […]

Elevate Newsletter: May 26, 2022

by Ross Peters, Managing Partner. The gigantic warehouse and studio at the Exploration Learning Center near Boston is what I imagine Willy Wonka’s warehouse and studio would be like. In and amongst crates and boxes, bikes and folding tables, frisbees and board games you discover bright lights, scraps of orange paper, a laser cutter, 3D […]

How to Find the Grail: The Path to Student Engagement (Part 2): Beware the False Flag of Rigor

By Ross Peters, Managing Partner, EXPLO Elevate I sensed it was a badge of immaturity to ask about content relevance when I was a middle school student in an all-boys school. It was not a question that represented the kind of thinking the school asked of us. If I am fully honest, I asked out […]

New Summer Workshop: UNDISCIPLINED!

We are excited to announce a four-day, dynamic workshop to help you find and create connections between your subject and others! Undisciplined: Creating Connections for Deeper Learning AUGUST 8-11 | 9:00AM-3:00PM | The Willows Community School, Culver City, CA What is interdisciplinary learning? How can we help our learners connect their skills, abilities, and knowledge […]

New Video Series: Designs in 90 Seconds

by David Hamilton, Director of Programs We are excited to launch a new super-short video series called, “Designs in 90 Seconds.” At EXPLO, we believe making is a critical skill. In making these new videos, our goal is to share one resource with you in less than a minute and a half. Some weeks, like this one, […]

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