What would you need to coordinate a “Maker Day” for your school?
I start everything I do with a list; therefore, I would write up a plan for my Maker Day. I would decide on the details such as the day, say June 18, 2017, a theme, budget (with sponsors for funding), hours spent planning, and finally an agenda.
My Day could be held at a local park on a few picnic benches or setup tables. I would need to space them out so that the attendees had elbow room.Since this is my first official Marker Day, I want to start small, with a few different project booths: Legos, marble madness, blocks, and hot wheels. I would make a table for each activity with color signs to start here. I think of having a few buckets with pieces to inspire creation. I would need a few volunteers at each table to help when needed. At the end of my table, I would like to implement some kind of “test your creation here” setup. Like a platform for the Legos or blocks, area to drop the marbles, and of course a few tracks to test the newly made cars.
I love the “Day of Making” June 18 (makezine.com), but in realty our country was established by “makers,” I have always thought of the early American settlers as engineers of their time. They had to make whatever they had laying around work. I often wonder if the industrial revolution brought us so many conveniences that building with our hands became obsolete. I can still remember my Grandpa Joe stories of growing up on a farm. He said if he needed something or if a part broke – they made it work out of whatever they had laying around. We called it MacGyvering it.
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