Hi, I’m Daniel Trowbridge, the Director of Maker Labs. My teaching philosophy understands that kids thrive best when given the structure to create and explore, rather than copying instruction. I’m excited to meet new makers and to see children discover what they are passionate about through experimenting, tinkering, and building.
Working with children is a gift. In the past, I have been an instructor and leader at summer camps and after-school programs. Through all of it, I have found how fulfilling and exciting it is to work with children. As an educator, I gain a lot from teaching them. I work with children because even on difficult days, I end the day happy that I am helping people reach their potential. Maker Labs has everything that I value most in education. Some of the best teaching can feel like playing. Letting kids discover, make mistakes, and learn on their terms is necessary for development. Doing so, allows their creativity and imagination to shine and gets them truly excited about learning. Hands-on activities also make complex concepts more digestible and fun. I know I learn best by doing.
Growing up, I was always a tinkerer and an explorer, and I bring that same energy to Maker Labs. Our programs not only excite our makers, they excite me too! As Director I have the wonderful opportunity to develop our STEAM-based programs. From rubber band cars, to catapults, to earthquake-safe structures, makers will learn about engineering and building and how it applies to the world around them. I value feedback from both children and families. We hope to build strong relations with every family and maker at Maker Labs. Please feel free to reach out to me for any questions, concerns, commentary, or anything else!