1. Mary Haggerty
  2. Director of Media Engagement
  3. Design Squad Maker
  4. WGBH Educational Foundation
  1. Sonja Latimore
  2. Editorial Conten Director
  3. Design Squad Maker
  4. WGBH Educational Foundation
  1. Susan Letourneau
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-letourneau-804a029/
  3. Senior Research Associate
  4. Design Squad Maker
  5. New York Hall of Science
  1. Sophia Madonia
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophia-madonia-32571913a
  3. Makerspace Programs Assistant
  4. Design Squad Maker
  5. New York Hall of Science
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  • Icon for: Mary Haggerty

    Mary Haggerty

    Lead Presenter
    Director of Media Engagement
    May 9, 2022 | 03:54 p.m.

    Thank you for visiting our Design Squad Maker video. This project explores how to support upper elementary school children’s sustained engagement and participation in engineering design projects across out-of-school settings (digital, museums and makerspaces, home). Following a summative evaluation at eight sites across the country later this spring, the Design Squad Maker toolkit will be available on PBS LearningMedia, NYSCI.org, and informalscience.org by early summer. The Design Squad Maker app is now available for free download from the Apple App and Google Play stores. 

    After watching our video, we look forward to hearing your thoughts on how you might envision using and/or adapting Design Squad Maker for your site. In addition, we hope you will share successful strategies for sustaining children’s interest and engaging parents and caregivers in the engineering design process. If you have any questions, please let us know.

    Thank you!

    The Design Squad Maker Team

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    David Haury

    Facilitator
    Emeritus Professor
    May 10, 2022 | 06:47 p.m.

    Hi Mary,

    The Design Squad Maker app seems well-designed and well-targeted to upper elementary students. I am wondering if you have also developed guidelines for potential facilitators in makerspaces or other facilitators. Have you examined use by individual families or groups of families?  I would think there would be a lot of interest among families looking for home-based learning tools 

     
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    Sonja Latimore

    Co-Presenter
    Editorial Conten Director
    May 12, 2022 | 11:18 a.m.

    Hi David,

    Here is the link for the Design Squad Maker Toolkit. Please note that it will not be live until late May/early June. https://bit.ly/designsquadmaker

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    Mary Haggerty

    Lead Presenter
    Director of Media Engagement
    May 11, 2022 | 07:10 a.m.

    Hi David: Thanks for your comment and glad you thought that the Design Squad Maker app was well-designed and well-targeted to our age group. The app is an integral part of the program in museums and maker spaces as well as in homes. Study findings showed that children found the app helpful with keeping them on track as it reminded them what the steps of the design process. In addition, being able to write down notes, take photos, and look back at personal progress was also noted as very helpful. The app is now available for free download in the Apple App Store and in the Google Play Store. In June, we will publish the Design Squad Maker Toolkit, which features a comprehensive facilitators' guide that offers suggestions for integrating the app into engineering design workshops for children and families, and for using the app to continue designing at home. We will share the URL for the Design Squad Maker Toolkit over the next week, though it will not be available for free download until next month. 

     
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    David Haury

    Facilitator
    Emeritus Professor
    May 11, 2022 | 02:04 p.m.

    Seems like a great plan, Mary. I did find the app on the Apple site and found it very intuitive. 

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    Lizzy Cowan

    Researcher
    May 11, 2022 | 01:44 p.m.

    I love this idea and I have downloaded the app to explore it a bit. I really appreciate the emphasis on sketching when brainstorming! 

     
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    Sonja Latimore

    Co-Presenter
    Editorial Conten Director
    May 12, 2022 | 11:19 a.m.

    Hi again, Lizzy,

    Here is the link for the Design Squad Maker Toolkit. Please note that it will not be live until late May/early June. https://bit.ly/designsquadmaker

     
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    Sonja Latimore

    Co-Presenter
    Editorial Conten Director
    May 11, 2022 | 02:03 p.m.

    Hi Lizzy. How did you like the app. I don't know if you saw our response to David above. Just in case, I will repeat it: the app is an integral part of the program in museums and maker spaces as well as in homes. Study findings showed that children found the app helpful with keeping them on track as it reminded them what the steps of the design process. In addition, being able to write down notes, take photos, and look back at personal progress was also noted as very helpful. In June, we will publish the Design Squad Maker Toolkit, which features a comprehensive educator's guide that offers suggestions for integrating the app into engineering design workshops for children and families, and for using the app to continue designing at home. We will share the URL for the Design Squad Maker Toolkit over the next week, though it will not be available for free download until next month. 

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    Sonja Latimore

    Co-Presenter
    Editorial Conten Director
    May 11, 2022 | 02:04 p.m.

    I meant + I'm glad that you like the app.

     

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    Jessica Parker

    Facilitator
    Senior Director
    May 11, 2022 | 06:57 p.m.

    Thanks so much for sharing the Design Squad Maker video, app, and in the near future, toolkit! This is very exciting work. I am curious about your next steps with this project beyond releasing the Toolkit? What would you love to see happen in the future with the app and toolkit, in an ideal world? Excited to learn more!

     
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    Sonja Latimore

    Co-Presenter
    Editorial Conten Director
    May 13, 2022 | 10:18 a.m.

    Hi Jessica,

     Thank you for your interest in the Design Squad Maker Toolkit. Yes, developing this toolkit has been very gratifying work for us. We are excited to release it in late March/early June. I provided the soon-to-live link below. 

    In answer to your questions: In June, we will begin promoting the availability of the toolkit to museums, maker spaces, other youth and family-serving organizations, and schools throughout the country. Our ideal scenario would be for the toolkit to be seen as a valuable addition to these organizations’ programs and they would make it a regular component that they offer to their families.

    As Mary mentioned above, in addition to the toolkit living on PBS LearningMedia and informalscience.org, it will also be available on the website of the New York Hall of Science. NYSCI is excited to use the resources and lessons learned from this project in its maker space programs for children and families, and to think about how to adapt these approaches for other age groups that it serves.

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    Nancy Songer

    Facilitator
    Dean
    May 11, 2022 | 09:40 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing your video and materials. I am wondering about what NGSS content you are emphasizing? I ask as I love the Design Squad Maker materials that foster the engineered design of materials, but it is not clear which NGSS standards or performance expectations might be the target learning goals or assessed. Thanks for more information.

     
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    Sonja Latimore

    Co-Presenter
    Editorial Conten Director
    May 13, 2022 | 10:12 a.m.

    Hi Nancy,

    Thanks for visiting Design Squad Maker. We are in the process of compiling a complete list of NGSS DCI and practices, ISTE, and others standard that apply. So the list is not available yet. The toolkit will live on PBS LearningMedia, a free service that offers educators access to research-based, classroom-ready digital learning experiences to engage students. Once it launches in about month the standards list will be available.

     
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  • May 12, 2022 | 01:30 p.m.

    I like empowering kids (and families) to solve their own problems through engineering. Are you venturing into K-12 spaces/PD at all, or sticking with informal contexts?

     
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    Sophia Madonia

    Co-Presenter
    Makerspace Programs Assistant
    May 12, 2022 | 01:52 p.m.

    Hey Jennifer! So far we've only tested Design Squad Maker in informal contexts with a focus on ages 8-11. I love the idea of a DSM PD! I think that could benefit a lot of early childhood educators.

     
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    Sonja Latimore

    Co-Presenter
    Editorial Conten Director
    May 16, 2022 | 03:38 p.m.

    Hi Jennifer,

    Here's some more info about Design Squad Maker's reach to teachers.

    The toolkit will live on PBS LearningMedia, a free service that offers educators access to research-based, classroom-ready digital learning experiences to engage students.

    Teachers often use previous Design Squad resources, so we think PBS LM is an ideal space for DS Maker to live. In addition to informal spaces that Sophia mentioned, we will also promote the resources directly to educators via LM's marketing plan and Design Squad Maker's dissemination plan.

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    Sandy Mau

    Communications Director
    May 17, 2022 | 06:14 p.m.

    Very cool. I would have loved something like this when my kids were small. Excellent project and congratulations on your success.

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