The Exploratory is really excited to announce our Young Maker Scouts program. T The Young Maker Scouts program continues The Exploratory’s work to help children develop innovative mindset skills through hands-on, open-ended projects. Young people will earn badges for skills learned and innovator mindset skills practiced.This program will enable children and their parents to try different Making and Tinkering media and to awaken their passion and love of learning using their hands.
Each week, a new skill will be introduced along with an invitation to inspire creativity, provide a supportive emergent project and a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math ) learning opportunity.The children will have the opportunity to use this new skill with different media to maximize engagement. For instance, wood working skills with an invitation to examine the difference between a house and a home, could lead to building a house, a car, sewing cushions, sewing a new stuffie friend, furniture and even a frame for a painting. By not using traditional kits that have one pre-determined result, children are encouraged to take risks, make mistakes and build GRIT, while using a medium that feels comfortable to them.
During these sessions, the children’s work will be documented with successes and failures equally celebrated as opportunities. We have made arrangements with Make Magazine to feature these weekly sessions online during the first sessions. The children’s work will also be shared online to encourage other children.
Each session will lead to a mini maker-faire and/or Maker Faire San Mateo or New York presentations. These presentations allow children to share their work, make visible their learning while strengthening communication, collaboration and presentation skills.
10 week session ( first session is an abbreviated one- future sessions will be 12 weeks long )
Skills Phase: Each Skill will be accompanied by an Creative Invitation for children to use as inspiration.
March 2 - wood working - electric drill, electric saws, hammers, names, screws etc.
March 16 - Circuits - batteries, motors, squishy circuits - beginner robots
March 23 - Clay, Wire, Soldering, Stop Motion
March 30 - Needles - Felting, Sewing, E-textiles ( LED lights in fabric )
April 6 - Paper - Origami, popups, paper - circuits ( LED lights in paper )
Original Child Project Phase : Children will learn how to use the Design Thinking process to design and build a project of their own choice.
April 13 - Design Thinking - Brainstorm, prototype and Share
April 20 - Design Thinking - Revise, Plan
April 27 - Individual Project Build
May 4 - Individual Project Build
May 11 - Individual Project Build
May 18 and May 19 - Maker Faire San Mateo ( optional - participants must make own travel arrangements )
Get all the details here - http://youngmakerscoutsspring2013.eventbrite.com