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Castilleja School and Marymount School of New York co-present

Design Do Discover 2016

Thursday June 16 & Friday June 17, 2016

 @ Bourn Idea Lab, Castilleja School, 1310 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, CA

Saturday June 18, 2016 (morning only)

 @ various maker spaces in the Bay Area


Kick off your summer with other FABulous MAKER educators!

This workshop is for educators who are passionate about student-centered, constructionist learning and interested in the practical implementation of hands-on projects in the K-12 setting. In particular, the focus is on empowering participants to become joyful maker educators and to imagine how they can integrate making into the daily life of their school setting.

Participants will:

  • Collaborate with others to identify, ideate, and prototype hands-on projects relevant to your teaching, with guidance from our team of coaches
  • Gain hands-on experience with some of the major tools of a maker lab, ranging from "low tech" materials to laser cutter, 3D printer, and programmable microcontrollers.
  • Attend pop-up sessions, taught by our wonderful team of coaches, to get an introduction to some maker tools/techniques/skills
  • Meet like-minded educators and become part of a community of maker educators

Note: We welcome all educators, whether they have access to professional development funds at their school or not. Therefore, some financial support will be available to those who apply and we will try to accommodate as many requests as possible.

Design Do Discover is not your typical conference.

Rather than sitting and listening to presentations, attendees are expected to be active participants and will be working in small teams to design and build projects for two full days. You DO NOT need to have prior experience with the tools of a maker lab, but you DO need to arrive ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. This conference is for you if you think collaborating with colleagues in a fast-moving, slightly messy, and at times chaotic environment sounds really fun!

During the two days, you also have the option to attend pop-up sessions that introduce various maker tools/techniques/skills. BUT, we are intentionally not releasing a list of topics for these sessions for two reasons:

1) Sessions will be held based on participant interest, i.e. we want to know what you want to learn instead of us telling you what you should learn
2) The point of D3 is NOT to attend these sessions all day long!

As we will explain more fully on Thursday morning, the main goal of the two days is to construct your own knowledge through hands-on project work individually or in small groups. We believe that your project should guide what tools/skills/techniques you learn instead of the other way around. Please do not come to Design Do Discover expecting to attend these pop-up sessions for two full days. We have an incredible crew of coaches and you will certainly learn a lot even if you do not end up taking any pop-up sessions!

Organizing committee:
Angi Chau - Director of Bourn Idea Lab, Castilleja School
Jaymes Dec - Fab Lab Coordinator, Marymount School of New York

Confirmed coaches (so far):
Diego Fonstad - Resident Tinkerer, Castilleja School
Karen Strobel - Director of the Partnership for 21st Century Assessment, Castilleja School
Heather Pang - History Teacher/FabLearn Fellow, Castilleja School
Sarah Barnum - Science Teacher/Bourn Fellow, Castilleja School
Lindsey Own - Makerspace Coordinator, Evergreen School
Rick Schertle - STEAM Coordinator/Maker Lab Instructor, Steindorf K-8 STEAM School
Jenny Howland - Makery Facilitator K-4, Katherine Delmar Burke School
David Malpica - Director of FabLab@BCS, Bullis Charter School
Claire Rosenbaum - Program Director and Lab Manager, Stanford Transformative Learning Technologies Lab


Thursday 6/16/2016

8:30am - 9am
Check-in and registration - Light breakfast will be served
9am - 10:30am
Welcome, introductions, logistics of the next two days
Coaches intro + project samples
Project brainstorming + forming project groups
10:30am - 11:30am
(Library + Bourn Lab)
Project work time
Start suggesting pop-up sessions
11:30am - 12:30pm
(Pool Patio)
12:30pm - 4:30pm
(Library + Bourn Lab)
Project work time + pop-up sessions
Social hour + tour of Transformative Learning Technologies Lab, Stanford University

Friday 6/17/2016

8:30am - 9am
Light breakfast will be served
9am - 11:30am
Project work time + pop-up sessions
11:30am - 12:30pm
12:30pm - 3pm
Finish projects 
3pm - 4:30pm
Project presentations
Closing remarks
5pm - 6pm
Visit teamlab exhibit, PACE Art + Technology, 300 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

Saturday 6/18/2016 - site visits

Bus picks up from Castilleja School (light breakfast will be available on the bus)
8:30am - 9am
Travel to San Francisco
9am - 9:45am
Visit with Children's Creativity Museum
10:15am - 11am
Visit with Childrens Day School
11:30am - 12:30pm
Visit with TechShop San Francisco + LUNCH at TechShop
12:30pm - 1:30pmTravel to Palo Alto (estimated arrival time at Castilleja ~1:30pm)


1. How much does it cost?
Registration for Design Do Discover 2016 is $450. This fee includes participation in the workshop and pop-up sessions, breakfast and lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, plus transportation on Saturday for site visits if needed. Dinner is not included.

Some financial assistance will be available for educators without access to professional development funds. Application for financial assistance is part of the main registration form.

2. How do I register for Design Do Discover?
The first step is to fill out the registration form. Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Once we have processed your registration and confirmed that there is space for you, we will send you a confirmation email with a link to submit payment and a deadline by which to do so. If you do not submit valid payment by the deadline, your spot will be given away to the next person on our waiting list. If all spaces have been filled, we will notify you by email that you are currently on a waiting list and you will be informed if spots become available.

For educators who want to pay together (e.g. a group coming from the same school), you can submit payment for all attendees on a single payment form. Just make sure everyone from your group has received confirmation that they have been officially accepted into the conference first.

3. What do I need to know when making travel plans?
Castilleja School is located in Palo Alto, which is right next to the Stanford campus. Our closest airports are San Francisco International (SFO) and San Jose (SJC). There are airport shuttles and taxis available from either airport that can take you to Palo Alto. We are also located near the University Ave Caltrain station, which is a 15-minute walk from Castilleja.

Downtown Palo Alto (near University Ave) would be an ideal location to look for lodging, since it is a 20-minute walk between Castilleja and downtown. A few hotels that participants have stayed at in the past are:

There are numerous dining options and shops along University Ave, as well as in the Town & Country mall, which is about a 10-min walk from Castilleja campus.

4. What if I have a question that hasn't been answered yet?
No worries, we're here for you! Send an email to Angi ( and/or Jaymes (




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