NAIS Proposal

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  • OSE Classroom Initiative - Collaborative Design Thinking - the Next Paradigm for Solving Pressing World Issues.
  • We can offer Open Source Microfactory STEAM Camps for technical skills boot camp
  • We can offer dedicated professional (PD) development to teachers to run the OSE Classroom Initiative.
  • This is a proactive invitation to collect names of teachers who are interested in pursuing the OSE Classroom Initiative
  • We can do an online version or real-life version of the professional development, and of the STEAM Camp

Teaching Teachers

In the Open Source Ecology Classroom Initiative you will learn how to convert your technical class (whether it be a class in design, science, technology, robotics, coding, business, writing, shop class, etc.) into a global collaborative session to work on pressing world-issues. Because we choose to work on larger problems across disciplines, we can be more ambitious - and we can involve people across many topics.

You will experience first-hand how students can harness the power of global collaboration to make a meaningful contribution to solve bigger, more complex problems than you ever thought possible.

Not only are collaborative sessions effective tools to help students:

  1. Increase retention
  2. Increase their engagement
  3. Apply their skills in a multidisciplinary setting
  4. Develop high-demand skills like critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, communication, creativity and innovation also shows the individual student that their contribution matters. Whether they are 12 years old or 22 - they have the power to make a tangible positive impact on the world. That’s a powerful mindset that is sorely needed as the world gets more complex.

How the Open Source Ecology Classroom Initiative Works


  1. Teacher commits to spend one class per week to collaborative design. Agreement is conditional upon getting 144 teachers to sign up. Training incudes 3D printer, 3 day training event. We do not start until we have 144 teachers on board.
  2. OSE trains the teacher as part of professional development/continuing education in a weekend event (Fri-Sun) at a conference center for 144 people.
  3. After training, OSE provides teacher with basic curriculum and methodology to students for learning how to collaborate globally using simple, accessible, online tools.
  4. OSE coordinates class time with teachers.
  5. All teachers work on one product until it is perfected. This includes design thinking, building, enterprise.
  6. Every student gets access to all the product designs that are created - they are all open source for the greater world, and intended for distributed production.

The idea is that we align a network of classrooms and convert them to global collaborative. In other words - all the classrooms collaborate on a design project - and development can happen synchronously and asynchronously as one team finishes, and the next team starts. So we develop a new paradigm of a global classroom: tackling problems that are bigger than any single person could solve. These could be design, entrepreneurship, or other system design problems.

More than this - we always see how we can synergize with universities, so that the collaboration is even better. And, the challenges that we will produce every year are open to everybody. Collaborative Design training

Combinging design thinking, 3d printing, microfactory, developing real products - we can find areas of high engagement where we learn by designing and building.

The topic must be something that can attract wide interest across multiple disciplines, so we can collaborate on many aspects at the same time. Imagine your classroom starting as a video call with other locations to coordinate and share experience. Imagine that there is hundreds or even thousands participating on each project - so we see the progress before our eyes.

How about building an autonomous garden tractor with AI to grow food? A plastic recycling center? A DIY bio lab? An electric car? An eco-house or an aquaponic greenhouse?


The opportunity here lies in developing the OSE Classroom, or helping schools run summer programs with OSE, or OSE teaching the schools how to run their own programs with high quality content.

We are working with PRS to introduce summer programs around the Open Source Microfactory STEAM Camp. To pursue this, if you are a teacher or administratoe - invite OSE to run an Open Source Microfactory STEAM Camp in your school, or request OSE to provide professional development (2 or 4 day programs) to your teachers. You can also attend one of our Open Source Microfactory STEAM Camps in locations other than your school.

You can make collaborative design a part of your professional development program, where you ride the cutting edge of collaborative development training - using open source techniques for global collaboration - in partnership with a globally recognized project for the common good. Collaboratively, we can assist you in finding funding for this, so take the first step by contacting us at into at opensoruceecology dot org - just let us know you'd like to turn your school or classroom into a global collaboratory.

Ideal Outcomes

  • Enlisting 24 schools the first year for a trial run to address the critical mass of collaborators
  • Get high quality STEAM programs established in schools that aren't running programs yet.
  • Build a network focusing on solving pressing world issues, alongside open source ecology.