3D Printing/Laser Cutting/CNC Routers
After School Programming and Staffing
Woodshop, Screen Printing, and Fabrication
Broadcasting/Audio Recording/Video Production
A Flexible Multi-Purpose Presentation/Computer Cart Lab/ Student Lounge
Working with Partners in Community
Design Thinking/Entrepreneurship/Industry and Community Partner Collaboration Space
Enter the iLabs Innovation Grant Application/Awards
With the support and backing of the extended Balboa community, SFUSD Administration, and the Offices of College/Career Readiness, and Career Technical Education, we reached out and formed a team and filed our application to engage in the iLab Innovation's QTEA Grant process, and were excited to learn we were accepted and provided the space, mentorship, and time to engage thoughtfully around our equity challenge. Out of our first meetings, our team rolled up it's sleeves and got introduced to the iLab's unique equity centered approach to Design Thinking and Prototypoing. That evening we shaped the following original "How Might We...?" statement.
"How might we create a space to engage all students (with an emphasis on female, and black and brown studnets) and teachers to use technology and design thinking on a day to day basis?"
In this phase of our process we really tackled how as a team we would go about engaging all of our users/stakeholders. We spent time identifying who we wanted to talk to, what questions we would be asking, what form our interviews and surveying would take, as well as establishing a timeline for gathering and reviewing the information and data.
We divided up the tasks, with one group of us working to reach out to teachers and staff and invite them to a lunch time focus group discussion. We had ten participants share their stories about working with students, the challenges of learning with and incorporating technology into their courses and curriculum, and how a new space might be designed to support them in the future.
The other group of us spent time observing students in the library, after school program, and in the quad and cafeteria at lunch to see how students interacted, made personal or group use of technology, as well as how they sought to utilize shared, common space. Additionally, a group of students who reflected those identified in our "How Might We?" statement were personally invited to tour the new Leoundakis Center for Innovation and Design, and interview about how they thought the space would be of benefit to them, what kinds of opportunities and experiences they would like to see offered there.
In order to engage as many members of the Balboa Staff/Community as possible in the short window of time offered in the process, members of the Balboa iLab Design Team briefly presented and shared a presentation at an all staff meeting, and shared and reminded staff to complete the brief survey/questionnaire.
Outcomes, Measures, and New How Might We Statements
In this phase of the process our team met together at the iLab space and sorted through our surveys, interviews, and meeting notes to highlight our findings. We focused first on grouping our findings and identifying categories or relationships. With those grouped and labelled we all reflected and came up with insights that we shared with each other. In the final stretch of that evenings design thinking process we identified short/long term outcomes, measures, and several new "How Might We?" questions that were to guide us as we moved towards the brainstorming and initial prototyping stage.
Our Four New "How Might We?" Questions were:
- How might we create and engaging curriculum around integrating basic computer skills and interesting content?
- How might we create/design professional development opportunities for teachers of all subject areas that encourage them to incorporate more technology across the curriculum?
- How might we design a flexible space that responds to student needs?
- How might we expand our understanding of a wider range of student needs?
Brainstorming and Prototyping Development
Time Lapse of Brainstorming Session
Proposal Pitch: BALTech
Bal Tech Pilot Program
Building Teacher and Student Interest in Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Community
Revised "How Might We?" Statement :
"“How might we create a pilot program that engages interested teachers and students of color particularly Black, Brown and Females and build technological capacity?”
- Space that is both Individual & Collaborative
- Students as Stewards
- Ask for Feedback
- Learn by Doing Model
- User-generated model so that the space evolves with the users
- Encourage discovery
- Provide space to celebrate & showcase
- Ensure SUSTAINABILITY
Other considerations that framed our planning:
- Having a menu of technology options
- Peer to Peer learning
- Being a part of something new and interesting at Balboa
- Exploring, learning, and making
- Showcasing what’s possible
BALTech Six Week Pilot Program
- Reach out specifically to student clubs, orgs, classes like BSU, Poly Club, Latino Students.
- Advertise or showcase on Bal TV
- Share information with PTSA
- Ask teachers and counselors to recommend students
- Complete Application include short bio, determine interests (checklist?)
Week One, Project Proposal
- Orientation, Overview, Intro, Experiment, (explore Google curriculum on computational thinking and Digital Media Creation, look at variety of teacher and student projects, examples, etc..)
- Defining Student and Teacher roles as BALTech Ambassadors in outreach and shaping next round of program.
Week Two, Tech Deep Dive
- Working with Virutal Reality, and/or 360 filmmaking/photo
Week Four, Refinement
- Programming, Drag/Drop, Apps/Games, WebVR with AFrame