Last night at The Commons, the Betty Brinn/Learn Deep team pinned down a persona for their beachhead customer– now known as “Steve” who manages the makerspace for an area school. The key problems faced by Steve:
“I don’t always know where to go to get the materials I need.”
“It takes a lot of time to track down where to find supplies (if I don’t already know where to get them).”
“I have to pick up everything myself.”
“I have to do this for all of the teachers that want to use my makerspace.”
“At times, I want to be inspired by the material (so I don’t know what I want until I can see and touch it)”.
The team was able to use that set of problems to filter the ideas generated last week to just those that addressed these key issues. It also led to the creation of a second persona — “Orlando”, who has excess material, but also,his own problems to solve:
“I have usable stuff that now costs me money to dispose of”
“I don’t know who would want what I hope to get rid of”
“I don’t like the fact that my scrap ends up in a landfill”
“I worry about liability issues if others come on-site to sift through my scrap to take what is of use to them.”
This week’s work: Confirm the assumptions about the problems faced by Orlando, and clarify the vision for a potential solution– what’s the minimum viable product, and what might it look like when fully realized?
Following on the success of our monthly Collab Lab community discussion events, we’re introducing a hands-on opportunity to explore the ‘why?’ and ‘how?’ of maker spaces as they relate to the introduction of forms of authentic learning for K12 students. Our first tour will visit the Milwaukee Jewish Day School’s Innovation Hub on Thursday, April 20th from 4-6pm. We will explore how that vision guided various design decisions they’ve made along the way– in terms of how the space is configured as well as how it is used.
Details and registration information for our first visit are here. Stay tuned for what we have coming up next.
At Tuesday’s session at The Commons, the Betty Brinn/Learn Deep team brainstormed ideas for potential solutions to address problems for their beachhead customer– teachers who manage makerspaces/FabLabs in area schools. This week the team will narrow the focus to identify key features of a solution.
Our makerspace challenge team got a chance to share what they’ve learned to date with their mentors and peers from NML’s team. The team is working to understand the types of materials used within school based makerspaces, how that varies by grade level and where schools run into issues. By Next Tuesday they need to have a firm grasp on their initial target customer and the problem(s) they hope to solve.