EDET 677 Week 9 What would you need to coordinate a “Maker Day” for your school?
“America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs,” according to www.whitehouse.gov. The heart of the maker movement “is to empower students and adults to create, innovate, tinker, and make their ideas and solutions into reality.”
If you’re not fully comfortable with hosting a makerspace, Martinez suggests Maker Day. “A Maker Day is about creativity and collaboration. It celebrates individual ingenuity within the context of the creative culture of shared values,” (Martinez et.al, loc. 4040). In a Maker Day, you want to have plenty of quick projects that guests can participate in. Martinez says that we want to get the message our that “our students learn by doing, that we solve problems with modern tools, materials and techniques, and that we value creativity and collaboration,” (loc., 4048).
The purpose of a Maker Day is to introduce participants to the Maker Movement, focusing on four distinct elements: (Maker Day Toolkit)
- Design thinking
- Design challenges or problem sketch
- Collaborating prototyping of a design solution
- Process to encourage group reflection
Before the Maker Day, I would fundraise for the event. This way I can order and make sure I have enough supplies for everyone. To coordinate a maker day, I would encourage my students to plan, organize and run as much of the day as possible. I would have my students create posters to market the event, for their families and the community (loc. 4072). The posters would be hung in the school, throughout the community, and taken home.
I’d make sure there are plenty of stations and activities for everyone. It would run on a rotation schedule to ensure that everyone has a chance to participate in everything. This will “allow learners of all ages to experiment, tinker, and most importantly, make things,” (loc. 4097).
Snacks would be provided in my Maker Day. I would have a station for baking or making goodies, a “make and take” station, a cardboard construction station, puppet making, weaving stations, etc. Videos and photos would be taken throughout the event for future marketing purposes, and to expose students’ successes. After each rotation, they will clean their stations for the next group. That would be my maker day.
A Nation of Makers. (n.d.). Retrieved July 12, 2016, from https://www.whitehouse.gov/nation-of-makers
Chrichton, S., & Carter, D. (n.d.). Maker Day Tool Kit. Retrieved July 12, 2016, from http://www.itabc.ca/sites/default/files/docs/discover/Final MakerDayToolKit.pdf
Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (n.d.). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Retrieved July 12, 2016.