WikiSeat Project (Milwaukee)
WikiSeat uses furniture design to explore the possibilities of new teaching methods in core subjects such as science, mathematics, English, and literature, or any other educational application. Hands-on learning brings tangibility to intangible concepts, while simultaneously challenging students to think smarter about the problems their generation is faced with.
Every student is provided with a Catalyst (the structural support for a chair), plus the goal of building a seat. The student is tasked with finding materials and developing construction skills, and reaching out to the local community to support and collaborate with one another.
The curriculum is entirely up to the educator. Educators are free to use this project anyway they see fit in their classroom. With a growing community of teachers and students who are experimenting with this project, we are starting to see new and exciting cross-disciplinary collaborations taking place.
As of 2014, we have seen active participation from 23 classes, and over 700 students. More information on the participating classes can be found on our Maker Map.