A Collaborative Learning Experience Design process for schools


Our approach is to drive change from the bottom up by tapping into the energy of teachers who want to see their students do great things.  To that end, we’re coaching teachers to put together student projects that:

  • are driven by the passions of a teacher;
  • engage students in meaningful, authentic work;
  • allow students and teachers to build connections to higher ed, industry, and outside organizations.

where together we can:

  • test and refine at a small scale;
  • scale across districts with network effects– e.g., create higher value, new opportunities;
  • make it easy for teachers/schools/partners to choose to participate.

we do this by:

  • employing techniques from adjacent domains, such as Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Agile, etc.
  • lowering barriers to participation such as co-design of the Learning Experience and finding advisors and mentors for you and the students
  • supporting participating teachers throughout the life of the Learning Experience with check-ins, inspirEd community sharing, etc.

Interested in organizing a STEM Studio cohort at your school or in your district?

Current and Past Projects

(Note: The Covid-19 pandemic has obviously interfered significantly with our ability to continue these Learning Experiences in a smooth manner. We’ll restart where possible once restrictions on in-person learning are lifted.) 

Adopt A Storm Drain

What if Milwaukee area students could design and build………


Zoo Train Engineering Challenge

What if Milwaukee area students could design and build a new steam locomotive for the Zoo?  We’re partnering with the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Coalition for Sustainable Rail on a series of engineering challenges. This year we’re piloting the process with a replacement for the wooden water tower that services the steam locomotive.


Embedding Discourse within Math

Following on from our Middle School Math project with Milwaukee Succeeds, we’re working with three schools on a collaborative, teacher led effort to make discourse a regular part of their math lessons.