Make Craft Play is a for-profit educational program focused on developing critical thinking skills in children aged 9 to 18 years old. Our approach is to create enriching environments that encourage critical thinking by iterating improvements. Some iterations might be a step back; that isn't failure, that is learning. The ability to learn from missteps is an important skill that contributes to success in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathemathics, and more!
Confuscius was quoted as saying "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." The people at Make Craft Play think school systems emphasize hearing and seeing; we want to complement with doing.
Bryan has Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Bioinformatics from Michigan Technological University. He went on to work for MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Chemical and Biological Defense Systems Group (and he can't say much more about that). While there, he helped found the Robotics Outreach at Lincoln Laboratory group. ROLL was where Bryan first helped run summer workshops. Bryan went on to do other work, but always felt called back to education. Now he lives in West Palm Beach working as a technology contractor and tutoring in math and technology. Oh, and Bryan is the head of Make Craft Play!
Joining Bryan will be a soccer and swim coach, a pre-med college student, and a high school student who will help run the workshops.
Build a car from a kit of parts including straws, bottle caps, and cardboard. See how far and straight it travels on a track with a fan blowing over it. Experiment by changing the car. Does it improve? Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't. Time to change the car again! Let's see where it goes this time!
This workshop should run about 2 hours. All materials are provided. There are no teams. There is a score to measure improvement, but competing is up to the students. There are no awards. The students may bring home the car they built if they choose.