STEM Studio ’23: Open Studio

What if you could turn an idea for a real world project into a community-engaged learning experience that takes your students on a hero’s journey?

Have an idea for a project you’d like your students to take during the coming school year?

Wondering how to turn that from something that happens inside the classroom to a quest that takes your students beyond their known world, connects with outside expertise, challenges their thinking, and allows them to return with something to offer their community?

Open Studio is your place to let your creative and organizational juices flow. Over the course of two half-day sessions at our location inside the WE Energies STEM Center at MSOE, we’ll work with you to frame the challenge, identify resources, and foster the connections that can help bring your ideas to life. Come to one or both sessions, stay as long as you want to develop something you can use right away once school starts up.


You’ll come out of these sessions with a framework to take your students on a hero’s journey, understand where and how to tap outside expertise and programming, and identify potential collaborators.

  • Key events to mark the students’ journey
  • Field experiences participating schools might leverage to inform and support the work of students and teachers engaged in the project
  • Community partners who might support the work of students and teachers
  • Artifacts students will produce as part of the effort


Friday, July 28th 9:00 am to noon
Friday, July 28th 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Friday, August 4th 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Showcase & Community Review

Who Should Attend

This session is open to K12 educators and those working with students in after school or outside programming who:

  • want to create opportunities to see students do great things,
  • have an idea for challenge they would like to offer their students,
  • are nervous about (not) having the structure, relationships, and support to pull off a community-engaged project.


This Open Studio is part of our ‘Summer Camp for Teachers’, STEM Studio

2023-24 Collab Labs

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