Area of Emphasis: Educational Technology
Darin is a strong advocate for the "Maker" and "Tinkering" culture. This mindset applied to teaching and learning invites creativity, experimentation and accidental discovery into the learning process. Tinkering, when folded into the curriculum, has the potential to form a bridge between school subjects and their applications.
For his CTL master's cognate project, Darin created a large interactive kinetic sculpture that was showcased in the Commence: Sculpture Projects 2013 at Sonoma State. The mechanical workings of his sculpture were kept visible and explorable, so that through hands-on investigation a person could experience the physics involved in making the mechanical parts move. Darin video documented throughout the construction process to demonstrate the "Maker" and "Tinkering" culture in action and its viability as a learning/teaching method.
Darin is currently a stay-at-home dad and someday hopes to bring tinkering-maker mentality into local schools or his own classroom. http://darin-duvander.blogspot.com/