Existential Questions on Why the Heck I Enrolled in Innovation Lab

Originally posted on Taja's Digital Porfolio:
I think my main attraction towards this class is how open it was. For weeks, I thought “wait, what am I getting myself into? Why is the syllabus a drawing?? Why aren’t things clear?!?!?” Eventually I came to realize… that’s what the class is about. It’s not a…

Brains, Cheetos, and a Theory of Creativity

(The final installment of my blog posts about the B.Phl Innovation Festival. Here’s the first post.  Here’s the second.) On Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, 31 of the 54 students enrolled in NOVA Lab attended the third day of the first annual B.Phl Innovation Festival. While our trip was somewhat shortened (traffic on the abominable SchukyllContinue reading “Brains, Cheetos, and a Theory of Creativity”

Branding, Defining, and Suring Foundations

This student reflection gives some insight into where we are and why.  I’m not going to comment beyond pointing to the way this author posits ownership over clarifying the brand of the class in the last paragraph.  Don’t know if I could ask for more.  There’s much work to be done, but with students likeContinue reading “Branding, Defining, and Suring Foundations”

Reflecting, Projecting: Co-Designing Curriculum

The past few days we spent doing quick presentations of our Extraordinaires Design Studio projects.  Afterwards, we reflected on the learning coming out of that experience and how it sets us up for what’s to come. Additionally, we’ve been thinking and pooling our ideas about co-designing the curriculum. Where do we need/want to go?  HowContinue reading “Reflecting, Projecting: Co-Designing Curriculum”

Nova Lab Day 8: Disruptus Amongus

‘Broke out the good ‘ol “Disruptus” box and moved kids through a quick cycle of combinatory innovation.  Presentations had to point to what the original objects were, then who they designed for, why they needed it, and how it worked.  Though light-hearted, the presentations were prefaced by asking students to treat themselves as professionals.  That’sContinue reading “Nova Lab Day 8: Disruptus Amongus”