Mr. McKean’s main objective across all grade levels is pretty simple – to create problem solvers. He guides his students to depend less on asking for a solution and more on finding a solution by digging into their own minds to solve problems.
Mr. McKean’s instructional style is innovative and inspiring. After reading about 50 different ways that schools and businesses outline the design process, Mr. McKean curated what he liked, what students would understand, and came up with Plan-Prototype-Progress. The guiding principle is, “You are never finished, but rather just waiting for the next improvement.”
Mr. McKean utilizes 3D printing in his classes, although the end result becomes less important then the process. While his classes do focus on what the end product might be, what it is going to be used for, and what problem will be solved, even more importantly, the students are asked to focus on details, and making sure the object is designed with as much precision as possible. Using a “measure twice, cut once” approach is key, as making unlimited prints to fix design flaws is not an option. Ever-evolving, Mr. McKean’s technology program will never be set in stone, as technology and the world changes too often to get comfortable. As he says, he is never finished, but rather just waiting for the next improvement.