Recorded OCS Webinars and Livestream: STEAM Capsules 

LEARN/RÉCIT is bringing the Open Creative Space days to you online. Inspired by makerspaces, these capsules are designed to inspire educators in creating engaging, hands-on lessons for students using household materials.

The 20- 30 minute sessions were recorded so you can watch them outside of class time. The videos are full of curriculum connections, helpful strategies, technical demonstrations, and skill development for all learners at all levels. Click on the #title of sessions to access videos and accompanying resources for students and teachers, including detailed material lists.

The hashtags were inspired by Exploratorium’s The Tinkering Studio.

You can find all of the sessions on the LEARN Youtube Channel OCS Playlist.

In this episode, we look at creating musical instruments (aka noise makers) with everyday household items.

In this episode, we look at creating a chain reaction, using simple machines made from item we find laying around the confines of our homes.

In this episode, we look at making objects that spin, using resources found in our homes. Learn about the science and symmetry required to make a spinner.

In this episode, we look at Newton’s 1st law – “objects at rest stay at rest, objects in motion stay in motion”. We also explore design objects or structures that affect a force on an object, the use of measuring instruments., the technological design process, Mathematics, units of measurement for length and angle, along with probability and distribution.


In this episode, we look at telling stories and how to create the artifacts that represent the city or the country where stories get told.

#LightUpOurDays is a huge theme in STEAM education. The ideas explore how to use light and shadow to create unique forms of art and expression…

Educators can use these resources to inspire their students to play with light and shadows all the while creating amazing artifacts of their learning.

Hey Educators… Our final Live Stream of this school year explores cardboard in all its grandeur. The Ped Team explored techniques, ideas, and integration possibilities both for Online and F2F learners.


In this virtual makerspace, the LEARN team is #ExploringBalance with balancing sculptures, mobiles, homo-polar motors, and much more. Key concepts of balance, like gravity, mass, center of gravity, and distribution of mass.

In this virtual makerspace, the LEARN team explores #StopMotion. We look at the design process, material suggestions and sample productions to make great StopMotion animations. Learners are so engaged, they remember incorporated content without even trying.

In this virtual makerspace, the LEARN team #ExploreLightandShadow​


Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. Loose parts can be used alone or combined with other materials. There is no set of specific directions for materials that are considered loose parts. 


Engaging Students with Hands-On Learning Webinar

Join the LEARN Ped team for a session focusing on how to engage students with hands-on learning, be it online or in person.

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