Windward Hosts Design and Maker Class Colloquium

On Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15, Windward hosted more than 100 teachers, educators, and makers from across California at the first annual Windward Design and Maker Class Colloquium (DMCC), a summer workshop aimed at demystifying hands-on electronics, wearable tech and 3D printing.

DMCC kicked off with an inspiring and informative Keynote from progressive educator and author Gary Stager entitled "Making, Love, and Learning," where he discussed how learning outside of school is being transformed by the trends of tinkering, maker culture, and personal fabrication, and how educators should be mindful of this major shift in digital learning. 

DMCC had a wide-range of presenters including 14-year-old Coco Kaleel, a rising 9th grader who supports and inspires technology novices and enthusiasts with her website,

Click here to read a blog post Coco wrote about her experience at DMCC. 

Other workshops included an introduction to simple 3D design with TinkerCAD, open source 3D printing with Matter Control, and promoting innovation through learning space design, as well as introductions to wearable tech and electronics with adruinos. 

Click here to view a photo gallery from the two-day event.

One of the most interesting demonstrations from the weekend came from Peter Dippell, who showed how his 7th and 8th grade students make foundry molds that are cast with molten metal. 

Click here to view some lively Twitter conversations surrounding DMCC.

Windward would like to thank everyone who came out to participate in DMCC for what was truly an amazing exploration of cutting-edge design and technology!
Windward School is a 7-12, co-educational, independent day school in Los Angeles, California.