iMake iLearn: DEN Community Making a Difference Around the World

iMake iLearn


The Design Process is the fundamental piece of any makerspace environment.  Irregardless of the space, materials, or age, the Design Process is the cornerstone of any making process.  

My favorite visual that I use with K-5 comes from the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab.

I am going to share about one of my favorite making projects to date and how the DEN has and continues to make it happen.

It started with a Facebook message from Karen Zilhaver reaching out to both Jan Abernathy and myself at the end of January.

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Karen shared with us an opportunity where our students could make a difference in someone else’s life.  She shared a Instructable file that she had found that someone had designed to make a Rubik’s cube for people with seeing challenges by modifying the design with a 3D printer.  

Jan Abernathy, an DEN LC member and educator from Pennsylvania, quickly started the project with her students and within a week had the 3D Rubik’s Cube printed and sent.  Fortunately or unfortunately, my 3D printers did not accept the file which led to an even more exciting learning journey which I will share in a future post.

Here is a video of the Rubik’s Cube that Jan’s students created and sent to Grace.  Jan and Karen are just one example of how the DEN love makes a difference around the world.

What happens when students start to “Imagine”?  Where can this take our learners?  What journeys and lasting impact can our students have?  The DEN is rich with examples of different educators who are making a difference.


One Comment;

  1. Mary Cummings said:

    Thanks for sharing, this Mike and “Hi” to Grace. I am going to forward this to our son who
    enjoys these kinds of puzzlements….love …Mary

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