Circuit Party!

A joint making session with elementary campers and adult campers creating circuits, toys, machines in an unstructured environment.

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Circuit Party!  

In this joint making session elementary campers make circuits and mechanical toys alongside adult campers.  However, it’s up to the campers to learn, create and problem-solve in this unstructured, studio-type environment.  Adults recruited include a culturally diverse group of professionals &/or college students associated with art, science, music, or technology.  The space is open with materials, tools and project examples clearly displayed and grouped for campers to tinker, hack and spark curiosity in one aspect or another.  Partnerships form naturally followed by intentionality all while the facilitator encourages solidarity amongst the whole group of makers.

How does this idea help to spark student curiosity?

The school essentially serves as a reference builder providing students’ with exposure to community members typically outside of their learning environment. The workshop fosters individual curiosity with emphasis on process rather than a product. Young minds wander freely and feel safe asking questions and getting stumped with their new peers.

What grade level is this idea most appropriate for?

  • Elementary (1-5)

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Yay for having kid and adult campers! And anything called a party is likely to spark curiosity!!

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