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Castilleja School and Marymount School of New York co-present

Design Do Discover 2018

Thursday June 21 & Friday June 22, 2018

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

Saturday June 23, 2018 (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...more to come):
Heather Pang - History Teacher/FabLearn Senior Fellow, Castilleja School
Sarah Barnum - Science Teacher/Bourn Senior Fellow, Castilleja School
Lesa Wang - K-5 STEAM Coordinator/i2 Camp Director, Marymount School of New York
Lindsey Own - Makerspace Coordinator, Evergreen School
Brian Smith - Computing & Learning Technology Teacher, Hong Kong International School
Andrew Carle - Chadwick International School, Songdo, Korea

Schedule (more to come...)

We are currently organizing some site visits for Saturday and are excited to announce that we will be including a visit to Dynamicland, an initiative which is taking the phrase "physical computing" to a whole new level! GET EXCITED!


1. How much does it cost?
Registration for Design Do Discover 2018 is $450. This fee includes participation in the workshop and pop-up sessions, breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday, plus transportation on Saturday for site visits if needed. Dinner is not included.

**If you are coming with a group from your school, we will give a group discount of $400 per person!!**

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, taxis, and Ubers/Lyfts 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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