This past year, Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller created Studio H, a class of high school students learning through design. The story behind this project is beautifully told by Emily in the TED Talk video I've included.
The culmination of over a year's worth of work was a much-needed (and quite beautiful) farmer's market pavilion for the area. The idea for the farmer's market pavilion came from both the students and the local community. "It was something the town wanted," explains Pilloton. The pavilion is the third project from Studio H students. The first project was a small cornhole board, and the second was a series of chicken coops that were given away to families after a flood destroyed the town. Studio H's farmer's market pavilion, however, was the first large-scale project.
Before even thinking about building, Pilloton had to start with the basics. "Almost none of the students knew how to read a ruler," she says. "None had any design experience, and some had never even held a hammer." So Miller and Pilloton taught the students math, how to lay out projects, how to use shop equipment--essentially, everything they needed to know to go out and build.