Clayburn Middle School

Design Thinking Through Making – MakerDay 2.0

Design Thinking through Making is an immersive professional development approach where participants will be given an overview of the design thinking/ inquiry pedagogy and then explore the key components while making.  This is not a sit and get professional development day.  Participants will be learning and completing a design thinking challenge.

Goals of the Day:

  • understanding the importance of purposeful design thinking, a pedagogy which embodies active, constructionist learning and
  • develop approaches to integrate the concept of making and tinkering seamlessly into classroom practices and
  • fostering curiosity, creativity, thinking in the classroom and
  • explore the key elements of the design thinking pedagogy including design rationale, problem scenario, and success parameters

Partnership/ Keynote:

Clayburn Middle has partnered with the Innovative Learning Centre at UBC Okanagan, Faculty of Education including Dr. Susan Crichton and Deb Carter.

Susan Crichton

Director, Innovative Learning Centre (ILC)

Screen shot 2016-08-28 at 9.31.54 PMDirector of the Faculty of Education at the UBC’s Okanagan campus, Dr. Crichton has taught in rural and urban K-12 schools in British Columbia, California, and Australia. She was a faculty member at University of Calgary in the specialization of Educational Technology. Dr. Crichton’s research focuses on technology enhanced learning and research approaches. She is exploring innovative uses of technology to foster creativity and imagination for educators.

Deb Carter

Research project coordinator, Innovative Learning Centre (ILC)

Screen shot 2016-08-28 at 9.32.02 PMAs research project coordinator at the Innovative Learning Centre (ILC), Deb coordinates events and co-facilitates workshops. As a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program at UBC Okanagan, her design and development research explores the impact of a research-informed professional learning event with educators, professionals and community members as they determine innovative solutions to localized ‘wicked’ problems.





  • What are my parking options for the event?
    Please park in the upper or lower parking lot of Robert Bateman Secondary (on Exbury Avenue). You can easily walk from the back parking lot at Bateman to the entrance of Clayburn Middle. Parking at Clayburn Middle will be reserved for staff and presenters only – thank you.  There are a few parking spots on Laburnum Avenue directly in front of the school or at Sandy Hill Elementary.
  • Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
    Registration Questions: Susan Green – 604-859-4891 local 1233 or Linda Pollastretti  by email ( or phone at Clayburn Middle at 604-504-5007.
  • Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
    Nope – please check in at registration and pick up your registration tag/ details upon arrival. 
  • What’s happening for lunch?
    Lunch will be provided by various Food Trucks.  Participants will be given a voucher when they pick up their registration package for the Food Truck of their choice.
  •  What is the cost of registration?
    Early (and free) registration for Middle school staff until September 20th.  After September 20th, the cost will be $25.00. Elementary and Secondary district staff – cost is $25.00. Out-of-District participants – cost is $50.00