Soup Stone Zone
Microlearning for Maker Spaces
Watch the Bellman's Story!
We help maker spaces improve tool instruction experience and impact
The time has come. Maker space managers and key supporters such as business owners and employers, school faculty, local government officials, service club volunteers and others are on the look-out for ways increase training capacity and expand the maker learning environment at city-wide scale.
There is an urgent need to create maker cities that embrace learning and creativity, for the future of work and a livable economy.
Our unique subscription based microlearning platform
- Expand maker space learning environment
- Increase impact of tool instruction workshops
- Support membership, retention, expansion and satisfaction.
Why this Works
Let's ask Sharmila
Makerspaces are made for Micro-learning
There is a positive feedback loop between maker space workshops, expanding the learning activities that make them so special and effective and revenue bottom-line. The Soup Stone Zone platform can amplify this positive feedback loop. Results can improve both makerspace services and bottom line by contributing to membership retention and expansion.
Performance support is a good example, such as periodic knowledge checks or spaced practice of safety concepts after a tool instruction workshop.
The chart below shows how powerful this approach can be, for this common type of maker space learning situation. Subscription-based micro-learning can result in both a superior spaced learning curve (in blue) and follow-on reactivation curve (in green). In the case of tool orientation workshops, micro-learning could well contribute to improved safety and fewer shop incidents.
Short microlessons that aid tool instruction (and building your own Maker City at home of course) can help expand your makerspace workshop activities, strengthen safety awareness, extend your public outreach, retain and expand membership and revenue generating opportunities.
What We Make
Quick online tool lessons
That blend in with real-world workshops
We help makerspaces expand their learning environments.
We're making, for members of maker spaces, really short online microlessons designed by expert makers who teach tool instruction workshops.
Short micro-lessons experienced by learners both before and after instructor led workshops can drive a proven brain-based "spacing effect" that reinforces (but does not replace) hands-on learning and coaching activities.
This blended approach can help both new and experienced learners become more comfortable and in safety with a particular tool or machine, from basic to more advanced levels of use.
Who We Are
The Ship's Crew
A merry band of instructional designers
We are a small team of makers and instructional designers who believe that the best way to learn how to use a new tool is to be shown by someone who knows how to use that tool really well.
Who are we? Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland and of course our inspiration, The Hunting of the Snark, can provide a quick over-view while we get our bios organized:
The crew was complete: it included a Boots—
A maker of Bonnets and Hoods—
A Barrister, brought to arrange their disputes—
And a Broker, to value their goods.
A Billiard-marker, whose skill was immense,
Might perhaps have won more than his share—
But a Banker, engaged at enormous expense,
Had the whole of their cash in his care.
There was also a Beaver, that paced on the deck,
Or would sit making lace in the bow:
And had often (the Bellman said) saved them from wreck,
Though none of the sailors knew how.
There was one who was famed for the number of things
He forgot when he entered the ship:
His umbrella, his watch, all his jewels and rings,
And the clothes he had bought for the trip.
He came as a Baker: but owned, when too late—
And it drove the poor Bellman half-mad—
He could only bake Bride-cake—for which, I may state,
No materials were to be had.