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Educational Initiative

by willow on May 10, 2012

in Learn

All Hands Active in Ann Arbor participates with something called Bright Futures – I was on the phone with them yesterday to see how the program might be replicated at Jigsaw.
Members sign up to do a one-hour session at the established after-school program called Bright Futures. The school pays for their gas and one meal. They’ve started building out their curriculum (at least necessary materials, estimated cost, simple flow charts of how to go through a lesson).

At Jigsaw, I’d like people signed up to do this by our mini Maker Faire first weekend of June. When the inevitable teacher comes up and says “omg, how did I not know about this, I want this in my school,” we’ll have a clear way for them to interact with us. I want to do a trial run, and add what we learn to the documentation at AHA. A goal of mine is to not just go to the kids, but to have field trips to our space as well.

As we start building out that knowledge, we can easily write grants. One person from AHA recommended one person from each hackerspace participating in this sort of educational initiative can get together with everyone else and we can start to write big grants and volunteer time to do the administrivia of fundraising.

Please let me know if you’d like to participate in something like this, and what you would like to teach.

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Wise Cricket May 10, 2012 at 9:30 am

The Robo-Magellan team would be really into this. We could have parents-children building one robot or animatronics a month sessions, and to present their robots at the end of the 3rd months. Much like quarterly Science Fair for robots, lego mindstorm, and animatronics.

Wise Cricket May 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

Starter ideas could be these:
Mini Bookbinding

Mask Making

Teach kids how to program in: LEGO Mindstorm, Arduino Processing, Javascript, Scratch, ALICE

Electronics circuits 101 using Squishy Circuits
Squishy circuits are a project from the Thomas Lab at the University of St. Thomas. The goal of the project is to design tools and activities which allow kids of all ages to create circuits and explore electronics using play dough.

Parents-Children one robotics/animatronics a month project
Robo-Magellan team could collaborate with the XBot Robotics to create quarterly robotics competition event.

Wonderful Arts
Invite artists at INScape Arts building to come up with an awesome projects for kids

At the end, we should give kids these iron on badges.

lishevita June 19, 2012 at 8:19 am

I’d love to teach Web Making classes to kids. I’ve been having a lot of fun with the Intro to Web series (HTML in 1 Hour, CSS in 1 Hour, Javascript in Slightly More Than 1 Hour) I’ve been teaching lately, and the Mozilla Webmaker stuff that Budi turned me onto looks super inspirational. This is all stuff that can be done with kids as early as 3rd grade but won’t be boring to kids in high school.

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