Aristeia is an R&D group of graduate students tasked to help the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh's MAKESHOP shift children's family members from observers to co-learners.

Design Role
Experience Design

Makerbox Cards
Research & Observation
After spending several weeks researching, carrying out infield observations, and talking with the Teaching Artists (employees who ran the MAKESHOP), we found that...

One: The Teaching Artists were in a better position to achieve solutions because of their familiarity with and planning of the MAKESHOP (layout and activities changed every day)

Two: Teaching Artists needed to help each other see adults as co-learners instead of observers that accompanied their audience and main focus (children)

Three: The Teaching Artists all knew the challenges of seeing adults as co-learners, and some already had solutions, but they had no common language to communicate/understand their ideas and problems with achieving this goal

The conclusion was that a professional development tool was needed.
Putting Ideas Together
Collaborating, we organized our notes into a professional development card deck, Makerbox. These cards detailed the several archetypes we noticed visiting the MAKESHOP. They taught users how to identify, communicate, and form ideas to interact with them. The result is a deck of cards that helped the Teaching Artists communicate with each other and improve their performance by seeing everyone as co-learners.
Note: Because some of the cards contain findings from the museum's researchers (we took and expanded upon it to help link our observations to what the MAKESHOP was already working with), only the archetype and behavior model cards are displayed below. 
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