The Engineering Design Cycle is Alive and Well in the QUEST Center

The Engineering Design Cycle is Alive and Well in the QUEST Center

Over the past several weeks, the sound of electric cardboard cutters has been an almost constant hum in the QUEST Center. Peering through the windows of our largest design studio, one sees 20 small bodies, each one completely engaged in the very best kind of experiential learning. The teacher is truly the “guide on the…

Learning About Connections Outside of the Classroom

Learning About Connections Outside of the Classroom

It’s beneficial for children at every age to talk about connections. Many of us learned about the relationships between natural things from the two-dimensional world of science textbooks. We absorbed a sequence of facts about various topics in a linear progression. Yet we do not live in a two-dimensional world; very few things move linearly,…

Nature as Teacher – Caterpillars into Butterflies 

Caterpillars turning into butterflies, bean seeds sprouting and growing into nourishing food, and watching the ever-changing phases of the moon are wonderful events that show us how to slow down, enjoy, and explore. More than anything, we want our children to be captivated by all the natural world offers. For it’s that captivation that will lead…

The Importance of Hands-On Learning

The Importance of Hands-On Learning

Small children are naturally curious and march to their own drums until rules or constraints are imposed by parents and teachers. For me, it is a sad day when children start to ask of adults, “How am I supposed to color this?” or “What is the right way to solve this problem?” In my opinion, we should encourage children to try things their own way.

The Importance of Flexibility, Originality and Creative Problem Solving for an Unpredictable Future

The Importance of Flexibility, Originality and Creative Problem Solving for an Unpredictable Future

Small children are naturally curious and march to their own drums until rules or constraints are imposed by parents and teachers. For me, it is a sad day when children start to ask of adults, “How am I supposed to color this?” or “What is the right way to solve this problem?” In my opinion, we should encourage children to try things their own way.