Our Core Practices

IMAGINING

Each workshop provides an empty space where participants imagine what is possible. Participants are encouraged to pursue their own interests and forge creations of their own vision and dreams.


Researching. Finding Inspiration

Participants are given the opportunity to read books, watch films, play games, surf the Web, visit museums, go on field trips, survey the works of other makers and explore Sparklelab’s library. Participants immerse themselves in a variety of media and art forms, which inspire and inform their own work.

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Exploring. Tinkering. Experimenting

In designing toys and games, creating jewelry, writing code or developing narratives, an integral part of the learning process is discovering the properties, affordances and defining characteristics of each medium.


Designing. Creating. Procedural Thinking

Participants develop preliminary blueprints for their design and create an initial prototype. Integral to the design and creation process is that of procedural thinking: outlining essential steps in the production process and ordering these steps so as to yield the  intended result.

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Iterating.

Throughout the workshops, participants engage in an iterative design process: brainstorming and imagining; learning about and empathizing with a desired audience; designing; developing a prototype; sharing this prototype with others; receiving feedback; and improving upon the initial design based on one’s own reflection and the feedback of others.


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INQUIRING

Participants are placed in situations that arouse their curiosity about the ways things work and are encouraged to raise questions – and find answers – to the underlying rules and logic that govern them.


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Learning by doing

Participants learn by immersing themselves in a variety of experiences. All learning occurs in context, through trial and error.


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creative problem solving

Participants are given tools to think critically; to break down a problem, a phenomenon, or a system into its component parts so as to gain a deeper understanding of the premises that underlie it.

Participants may tear a toy apart in order to examine gears, springs or motors and understand how and why movement occurs. They may evaluate a film’s narrative structure or diagnose a malfunctioning circuit. The ability to analyze is reinforced with opportunities to make connections, and through the learning’s and understandings gleaned, develop innovative solutions to a myriad of problems.


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Reading & Writing

Participants are given opportunities to understand and make meaning of, and produce: essays, poems, graphic novels, films, animations, games, music, maps, apps,blogs, tweets, visual data, code, simulations, dance, plays…


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intelligent resourcing

Participants learn to draw upon a variety of resources in creating their projects: books, Web sites, newspaper articles, subject matter experts, their peers, and many more. They determine areas in their work where resources are needed; outline what needs to be known; map out where and how to gather the resources they need; and how to evaluate their veracity.


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failing

Participants feel that failing is safe, failing is necessary, and that success depends upon learning from failure.


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collaborating

Participants share ideas, engage in simulations and develop projects together, learning from one another throughout each workshop. They play test each other’s games, watch each other’s animations, and provide constructive feedback regarding the work of their peers. Many times, various participants assume particular roles for projects (producer, camera man, editor, actor) and work collaboratively to achieve a particular goal.


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connecting. sharing

Participants share their creations with other makers in the Philippines and throughout the world. They share knowledge, insights, skills and a passion for making. They learn from one another in communities of practice. They connect through shared interests and support one another in the pursuit of their dreams.