“Give a kid some tools and a workshop and half the problems
of bringing up the next generation are solved”
-William B. Stout (1917)
Boys and girls are challenged to invent exciting science and “Maker” projects (e.g. planes, cars, boats, robots, catapults, musical instruments, etc.) while learning to use 21st century fabrication tools such as 3D printers and design soft
ware and laser cutters. The MRL experience, guided by skilled mentors, offers a new paradigm for learning Design Thinking by fostering 21st century skills such as practical problem solving, creativity, and collaboration.
We gratefully acknowledge a grant from the National Science Foundation for the opportunity to explore new approaches to science and technology education.