About This Program
Measurable Making: Cascading Drawbots Residency
What if students were a corps of teaching artists? Imagine a classroom where peers are coaching a team of visiting students over the course of an hour, through solving an arts-integrated engineering design challenge—using skills, examples, and materials of instruction they’ve worked with a teaching artist to design, test, improve, and present. FutureMakers cascading model is peer-led—a single-activity residency that allows students to develop an SEL competency. It takes place in two or three visits and impacts two or more grade levels for the cost of a single mini residency.
Three Roles: Coaches: One classroom that receives the core residency that will be coached – two to three classroom sessions. It could be one or all classes in a single grade level. Learners: A matched classroom of students who receive, in one class period, a complete lesson facilitated 1:1 with peer coaches. It could be one or all classes at another grade level – upper or lower. Educators: Lead educators learn alongside their students, then transfer their knowledge to peer educators from a matched classroom. Outcomes and Benefits: – The core team of students complete one-hour art-integrated activity (formative artifact/art skill & content comprehension) – The core team creates durable materials of instruction to aid their coaching near-peers – arts-integrated writing/illustration activity (formative/reflective document/artifact) – Students and educators prepare to take role of an expert/coach/instructor and identify coaching strategies (SEL and communication skills) – Students transfer subject matter knowledge with peers – up- or down-grade stream – as coaches (summative, Arts / Integrated content, SEL) – Educators activate students as experts (staff development/project-based skills) – The cost of intervention is concentrated at one grade level, all other classrooms only pay for materials.
Residencies range in price, from $2,000 and up, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backward’ 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.”
“Great hands-on STEAM project. It got everyone involved!”