Here’s a handout we prepared for our Summer 2019 Senior Summer Camp Digital Art Workshop for folks aged 55+. Hope it helps in your work!
We had a lower turnout this week, but definitely heightened fun!
We introduced a more complex challenge that involved several steps. First the students had to identify a challenge they had in regards to buildings, houses, or rooms that they frequented. Then they had to imagine a solution. The final step of the initial process was to draw — or paper prototype — their initial solution on a piece of paper.
Then we gave each student some of the abundant cardboard we had collected from around town and the university. We had some pretty big pieces! The students took time building their designs, with Alyssa and Ben providing cutting assistance with exacto knives.
Some were lured in by the bigness of the boxes, while others took the natural shapes of cut-apart boxes to add to their designs. We were especially happy to see a mini-prototype and a full-size prototype of a seatbelt for a rocketship! That maker also pointed out that these materials were better, freer, and allowed for more imagination than the previous week’s toys did.
Again, students started collaborating once they were done with their individual projects.
Another challenge, another successful maker time! Check out the rest of the pictures at this Flickr album.
Michigan Maker’s triumphant return to Scarlett included a tried and true activity of Toy Takeapart.
We had a great turnout and spent some initial time getting to know each other and hearing what everyone liked to make.
Ben challenged the students to take apart an old toy from Goodwill and make something related to transportation. A lot of grit was needed to get all those screws out of the plastic toys — but, boy, did we find some interesting stuff underneath! Some students stuck to adding things to within existing toys, but others were able to create some transportation-related, completely new tools.
One student takes out a controller for an old electronic toy and turns it into a kind of steering wheel!
Two students collaborate on disassembling an alphabet toy.
Good work, makers! Check out more pictures at this Flickr album.
This was our next-to-last meeting before the holiday break, and we were busy!
For more photos from this week, check out our Flickr album.
Next week is our last of the semester. We’ll have special gift-making and gift-wrapping stations!
We saw great maker mindset in person when the laptops could barely hold on a charge — they had gotten a workout during the day — and the students went with the flow and flexibly swapped out laptops to make things work. That’s the kind of approach to life we like to see!
The popular stations this week were definitely toy take apart (with Ben this time as your mentor) and the Roominate kit.
Check out our makers in action!
M realizes that he can connect a motor from the Roominate box to some fluff left over from last week’s take apart. Not only does the motor attach itself into the fluff, it can actually twist it into yarn. Check out the video below!
Here are some things we are learning:
- It’s a new thing to use a screwdriver!
- “Lefty loosey, righty tighty.”
- Press down with the screwdriver while you turn it.
- The inside of toys can be a big surprise!
For more photos from this week, check out this week’s Flickr album.
After not having enough for everyone to do this week, we loaded up our van! We introduced toy takeapart, brought back some building tools like Tinkertoys and LEGO, and did some more Code.org. Check out our photos here and in this week’s Flickr album.
We worked in partners this week not only with Code.org but with toy takeapart as well. We had two groups of technicians, one taking apart this toy guitar, and the other taking apart a mechanical bear.
YAY! We are back at Mitchell School for five week this fall! We planned to introduce kids to Code.org and make buttons for name tags. But OOPS! We didn’t realize that the laptop cart was locked up and forgot to bring a Plan B. So we sent Kamya back to campus to get some engineering toys, and Kristin had some yarn in her car we used to teach braiding. We like how Mitchell makers go with the flow when things get weird and steer clear of whining. We don’t like to be unprepared, so your good attitude made a big difference!
Here are some photos of the day:
Whew! We were relieved when Kamya brought us some other things to tinker with!
Ben says, “Activate!” whenever they push the button on the Badge-O-Matic II. It is funny every time. We observed how closely the makers watched the people ahead of them so they would know how to set up their button with little prompting from us. Nice strategy, makers! Success! Check out additional photos in this Flickr album. Kristin
Hello, everyone! If you’re a third grader who likes to take stuff and turn it into something else, you just might be a maker. See Mr. Hilton at Mitchell for a permission slip. Space is limited, and we cannot wait to see you in two weeks!
Kristin, Kamya, and Ben
How did an entire school year just fly by? Because a majority of the Mentors will be graduating in a few short weeks, this week marked the last Michigan Makers session until we return in the fall! We had a full range of STEAM activities for our students to dive into: resistance dying, LittleBits, Rainbow Looms, Legos, and TechBox Tricks. There’s something for everyone!
I was inspired by this simple yet cool idea for using rubber bands, paper, and cardboard (which we had lying around and went unused by our students for some time): https://babbledabbledo.com/easy-art-projects-for-kids-rubber-band-art/
Can you believe that with a little bit of water color, you can make that? We brought this idea to our students, and they all went for it! You could hear a lot of, “Hey, how did you do that?” and, “How did you make that effect?” going around among students. Our Makers were more than happy to share with their peers how they made a certain effect and to share tips on how to make the rubber band lines more distinct (TIP: Gently dab the water color onto the paper, no wiping!).
One of our students admitted that she’s terrible at art and was convinced that whatever she makes is going to look bad (thus deciding not to try). We reassured her that if she didn’t like what she made, that’s OK! We encouraged her to try anyways and let her know that all the Makers were there to experiment and ask/offer help to each other when we needed it. One of her friends made a design that she liked, and after asking her friend how she could get her paper to like her friend’s, she engaged more with the activity and stuck it out to the end, making her own custom design.
Legos have been a hit with our savvy Makers, and this week was no exception! Students dove into the bin, building airplanes, landscapes, houses, and cars.
We had sets of TechBox Tricks out and tipped them off on how a simple circuit from the Techbox Tricks could power up and bring their Lego cars to life. You should see how hard they worked: Tinkering away, they were tried balancing battery packs in the vehicles and positioning a small motor to spin a car’s axles. Other vehicles ran on potential energy stored in a wound-up rubber band strung across the axles! Watch out, world. We’ve got some problem-solving, super motivated engineers coming your way in a few years!
It’s been a great year with these Makers. Every week, we’re impressed with how these students put their heads together and commit to making something. We’re proud of all the hard work they’ve put in this year and hope they continue to be Makers in the future!