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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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Learning Objectives

  1. Explore the ways that an experimental physical environment scaffolds learning.
  2. Investigate the validity and effectiveness of emotional engagement as an informal learning outcome.
  3. Apply critical pedagogy and counter-intuitive models to build personal relevance into informal learning experiences.



Amanda Masino, The Dumpster Project

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