EXPLO Elevate’s Rules for Critical Making


The most innovative ideas were born under constraints. When faced with a blank canvas, you, or your students, may easily be intimidated — even paralyzed — by limitless possibilities. Given a problem to solve, however, you’re much more likely to find that your creative output is multiplied.

These Seven Rules for Critical Making are but a few of many constraints that we put into practice daily in our work at EXPLO Elevate: from writing curriculum to building contraptions, working within these constraints helps us stay sharp and continue to push the boundaries of our creative and iterative abilities. 

Use these yourself when designing a new activity or curriculum. Or share these with your students when they are working on a project.

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