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IMGND Inspirational

IMGND is a networking hub designed to promote learning by doing in the University of Chicago laboratory schools. This film was made to inspire the imagination of students and inform them to the resources at their disposal.

  • Marcelo Gutierrez
  • Marcelo Gutierrez
  • Marcelo Gutierrez
  • Kara Xu
  • Marcelo Gutierrez
    Key Cast
    "Actor 2"
  • Cole MacSwain
    Key Cast
    "Actor 1"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student, Web / New Media, Other
  • Genres:
    Inpirational, learning by doing, new director, short, 60seconds
  • Runtime:
    1 minute
  • Completion Date:
    March 5, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    UHD 1080 24f, UHD 1080 50i
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Director Biography - Marcelo Gutierrez

As an artist, engineer, entrepreneur, student and teacherm, I've only been practicing design process for 4 years, but my work is the materialization of imagination I've held all my life. Since I was little, growing up in Peru, I used anything I could to build toys and contraptions, but today, I have the resources to do much bigger things. Looking to give share my exploration with others, I founded IMGND. IMGND is a student organization aiming to re-build John Dewey's learning pedagogy at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

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Director Statement

The disconnect between Dewey's learning by doing pedagogy and the standardization-minded curriculum enforced in the classroom is not only backward but a real lost opportunity for students with distinct learning styles. During the 2017-2018 school year, the lab community came together to solve this problem. The product became the high school makerspaces.

Still, the makerspaces are not the most important tool in problem-solving, instead, the students' creativity and imagination are. That's exactly why the design process manages to engage students like me.

The truth is, real-world problems are nested in interdisciplinary contexts, and their solutions are not unlike. By challenging students to solve problems they care about, the design process becomes second nature along with the science, math, communication, creative and critical thinking skills that power them. More so, today's rapid prototyping technologies and powerful physical computing tools allow anyone to design complexly beautiful solutions. For this reason, I founded IMGND to function as the hub for resources and collaboration, enabling the materialization of the imagination. I made this film to show just that.