Pre-Institute Workshops

This year, Constructing Modern Knowledge offers two incredible hands-on pre-institute workshops on July 12th from 9 AM to 3 PM for institute attendees interested in enhancing their learning experiences. These workshops are optional and not included in CMK 2021 registration. These workshops run at the same time — you cannot register for both!

Both workshops are led by outstanding educators.

  1. Scintillae – Play and Learning in the Digital Age
  2. Introduction to Learning with Electronics

Unique workshop from Reggio Emilia, Italy!

Workshop #1: Scintillae – Play and Learning in the Digital Age

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2021 is thrilled to offer institute participants a rare opportunity to learn with two master educators from Reggio Emilia, Italy. Through the generosity of Fondazione Reggio Children and the LEGO Foundation, we are proud to announce Scintillae – Play and Learning in the Digital Age, as a full-day pre-institute workshop on July 13th at the site of CMK 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire USA.

scintillae – play and learning in the digital age is an experimental research project on play and learning in the digital age, fruit of a collaboration between the Fondazione Reggio Children – Centro Loris Malaguzzi and The LEGO Foundation. Workshop participants will explore the imaginative ways in which scintillae mixes technology and natural materials in a playful context. One of the many gifts Reggio Emilia has given to the world is the process of documentation – observing, interpreting, and communicating artifacts, interactions, and experiences in order to make invisible thinking visible. Although widely recognized as the best preschools in the world, the powerful ideas of the Reggio Emilia Approach can and should inform teaching any subject at any age.

scintillae aims to create and offer contexts where the expressive potential of play and digital tools generate ideas, connections and new knowledge. The project is based on the assumption that the playful dimension is part of every day learning and that children actively build, through reciprocity and sharing, a model of the world through play. In our digital age, scintillae represents a learning context characterized by a natural and playful approach to digital technology, where the physical and digital worlds interact, creating unexpected and unusual encounters for learning, designing and building knowledge and images together. (learn more about scintillae)

In the spirit of reciprocity, a critical value of the Reggio Emilia Approach, Monday’s scintillae workshop leaders will then participate in the Constructing Modern Knowledge institute as learners.

Only at CMK 2021!

Workshop #2: Introduction to Learning with Electronics

Brian Smith helps participants in the Introduction to Learning with Electronics workshop at CMK 2019

Jumpstart your CMK 2021 learning adventures by joining veteran educators and longtime CMK faculty members Brian Smith and Tracy Rudzitis in their popular workshop, Introduction to Learning with Electronics, where electronics and coding are demystified! Learn about circuits, switches, power. Learn to program the low-cost and incredibly powerful BBC micro:bit and build whimsical robotics projects with the Hummingbird Bit Robotics Kit. This focused, nurturing, and relaxed workshop provides a solid foundation for Constructing Modern Knowledge project development!


workshop leaders subject to change