Funded by The Culture of Repair Project, twenty mini-grants of up to $500 are now available to present and past Agency by Design Oakland Teacher Fellows, and their school site colleagues, to explore the relationship between repair and maker-centered learning in the K-12 classroom.
"Repair is a Revolutionary Act." - Rose Marcario, Patagonia CEO
Where does repair intersect with maker-centered learning? K-12 educators are invited to experiment and tinker with their curriculum and consider where repair might intersect with their classroom objectives. Design and implement a new unit, host a family event, collaborate with a colleague, learn a skill, or make a project idea come to life. Some areas to dig into: systems thinking, understanding design, functionality, scavenging to repair, creative repair to reuse, e-waste, the systems of stuff, designing for obsolescence, the intersection of culture and repair, agency, ancestral making and ancestral repair, the subjective relationship with materials and objects, capitalism and repair, circular economy, developing a sensitivity to design, engaging students in fixing stuff in our classrooms, environmental sustainability, the intersection of repair and maker identity, how to fix your electronics, your clothes, your furniture, and more.
These funds will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To apply, please fill out this short Application Form. Applications will be reviewed immediately and you will hear back within 10 business days.
Funds will be dispersed as reimbursements through the Oakland Public Education Fund. Save all of your receipts.
There are no restrictions on fund usage. Funds can be used for tools, supplies, to hire an outside expert, planning or collaboration time, professional development learning experiences, or other.
Educators are eligible for more than one mini-grant. Larger projects may be eligible for Culture of Repair grants up to $5,000. Please speak with the leadership team about this opportunity.
Recipients will be asked post-project implementation to share reflections on what they tried out, how they tinkered with the concept of repair in their curriculum, and whether and how repair enriched maker-centered learning. Please be prepared to share one or more visual pieces of documentation.