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Makerspace Tour: Milwaukee Jewish Day School’s Innovation Hub

Thursday April 20, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Learn Deep Innovation in Action tours

We’re introducing something new:

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.


About The Tour

Brian King, Director of Innovation for Milwaukee Jewish Day School (MDJS) and frequent attendee of our Collab Labs, will describe the school’s vision for the future and goals for the space. 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.  You’ll also get a chance to talk with teachers and students about the types of projects they use the space for and what having this facility has allowed them to do.

Collab Lab participants are encouraged to join us, but the tour is open to all K12 educators. There is no charge for the tour, but space is limited.

About The Space

The Milwaukee Jewish Day School’s new Daniel M. Soref Innovation Hub is designed to transform how students think and lay the groundwork for students to become the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.

Inspired by the Design Thinking process out of Stanford University’s d.School, this section of the school features the following four spaces:

The Ideation Studio:
as the classroom of the future, this is where students will dream, brainstorm and be inspired. The furniture is comfortable and child-friendly. Children can write on many surfaces in the room. The space is modular, allowing small groups to work simultaneously or large groups to work collaboratively.

Once students have an idea, it’s time to “do” – to create something out of nothing. Depending on the nature of the idea, students will have three complementary spaces in which to bring their ideas to life:

The Engineering Lab:
Adjoining the Ideation Studio, the Engineering Lab houses high tech equipment like our 3D printer, and its entire back wall will be a green screen for creative filmmaking.

The Art Room: all the traditional components of an art room and kiln complement the other spaces. In some cases, a student’s project could involve all three spaces to build the prototype.

The MakerSpace: Across the hall from the Ideation Studio and Engineering Lab, the MakerSpace is a blend of past, present and future — tinkering tables, circuitry, woodworking and all manner of hands-on learning and fabrication will take place here.



Thursday April 20, 2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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Milwaukee Jewish Day School
6401 N. Santa Monica Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53217 United States