The Dumpster Project: Inspiration as Education
The Dumpster Project is transforming a 36 square foot trash dumpster into a sustainable home as a STEM and environmental learning platform. This open-ended and flexible project serves as an experiment, a living lab, and a versatile scaffold for informal science learning. During this workshop, we will demonstrate how curiosity motivates learning and how to inspire creative action through an informal learning pedagogy centered on counter-intuitive experiences and emotional engagement.
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- Explore the ways that an experimental physical environment scaffolds learning.
- Investigate the validity and effectiveness of emotional engagement as an informal learning outcome.
- Apply critical pedagogy and counter-intuitive models to build personal relevance into informal learning experiences.
- Amanda Masino, Associate Professor and Director, Huston-Tillotson University/The Dumpster Project
- Leon Vanstone, Research Associate, The University of Texas Department of Aerospace Engineering
- Karen Magid, Director of Sustainability and STEM, Huston-Tillotson University/The Dumpster Project
Amanda Masino, The Dumpster Project
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