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All Hands-ON in the Classroom!

Lecture: A Case Study of Using Drums as the Entry Point for Teaching, Learning, and Participating.

Presenters: Janine Lee, Community Preparatory School, AND Amy Leidtke, Department of Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island Art Educators Association State Conference

Theme: See Create Recycle and Problem-Solve

Location: Salve Regina University, Newport, RI

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This presentation will tell the story of a participatory design education project for G6 middle school students from Community Preparatory School and G17 industrial design graduate students from Rhode Island School of Design. Learn how the students set about answering the essential questions, “What is a drum?” and “Why do people drum?” by using design thinking in order to create a unique drum of their own. See how, working through a process common to the industrial design profession, students explored different cultures and technologies, experimented with a variety of materials, investigated physical properties and components of a drum, generated potential ideas, modeled ideas three-dimensionally and iteratively, and constructed and demonstrated how to use their final design solution. The project successfully integrated social studies, engineering, visual arts, and music curriculums. At the heart of this project are the themes, problem-solving, visualizing ideas through making (seeing and creating), and working with recycled materials, all of which relate directly to the conference theme.

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