About This Program
Measurable Making: Cascading Drawbots Residency
What if a grade level of students were a corps of teaching artists – engaging the whole school in making wiggling electric machines that are designed and built to draw?
In this student-centered STEAM residency, a grade level of students become Drawbot Coaches. They are responsible for solving a design challenge – creating a machine that is designed and built to draw – and then coaching upper or lower grade levels through the same design challenge. Over three days they develop coaching strategies and materials of instruction they will need when they visit another classroom to coach an older or younger student on how to make a Drawbot.
This residency is built on an SEL-rich cascading instructional model – perfect for schools who want to include near-peer instruction, or learn the amazing social and emotional benefits of peers coaching engineering challenges for students in grade levels above or below theirs. It impacts two or more grade levels for the core cost of a single grade-level residency, plus materials.
Typically, residencies range from $2,500 and up, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backwards’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.
Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:
- A kick-off assembly (performing arts only)
- A required orientation meeting and planning session
- A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
- A student culminating or sharing event
- An evaluation meeting
“I was looking for ways to make learning tangible in my classroom. I wanted a transdisciplinary project that would engage my students and plug into my existing curriculum without replacing it. FutureMakers met all of these expectations and more.”
—Andria, Teacher, Harford County Public Schools
“Great hands-on STEAM project. It got everyone involved!”
—Emma K. Doub Elementary