Some Links and Resources as Background


NOVA Lab Newsletter 1st Edition 2020: this is the introductory packet that I e-mailed to all parents of students a week or so before class started.  It lays out the philosophical and pedagogical rationale for the class as well as sets a timeline for the work we will do together.  If you are interested in the first iteration of this class in 2016-2017–You can read more about that here.


Of course, it might be easier to watch some videos or listen to podcasts to get a sense for what the class might be like.  For that I recommend the following:

1)  Here’s one from Natalie Nixon, a Prof at Phila. University, on what’s necessary to thrive in the coming years.  You’ll be developing these skill sets as you work through projects in Nova Lab.

2)  Take a look at my YouTube playlist about Design Lab

3)  Design & Thinking Documentary.  (Not super exciting, but thorough.)

4) The Shopping Cart— A look at design thinking & innovation in action through one project


Our Library Redesign work with Students and Teachers at MS East from 2016IMG_3608

Why would you even consider such a class?  Three drivers:  Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose


Sample Blogs from 2016 class

Irina Koleva

Jordan Wenning

Katie DeRosa

Published by Garreth Heidt

Designerly Minded High School Humanities and Liberal Studies Teacher Faculty Mentor FIRST Robotics Team #7414--PV Retrobotics. Constantly learning, trying to be more a maker and less a consumer of culture. I believe in the infinite value of a liberal education and the power of design thinking to help make the world a better place.

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