This Prototyping Puppets project combines craft and performance art to teach early middle school students basic prototyping skills. We are developing informal STEM workshops following three steps:
1) narrative framing
2) craft-inspired building
3) validation through performance.
This key approach combines craft, performative self-expression, and basic hardware prototyping with the goal to attract new audiences to STEM. Researchers at Georgia Tech and at the Center for Puppetry Arts develop and test this approach through multiple puppet-building workshops aimed at informal education for middle-schoolers.
The work is supported by a NSF AISL grant (#1612686).