1 What does it mean to "make"?
Allow students time to explore the site, pointing out a few key features.
- the categories on the site
- the design process
- the videos
Explore the site.
- What category peeks your natural curiosity? Why?
- Describe a challenge you watched.
- Define the design process decribed on the site. How is this process different than a typical school lesson?
2 Define the process.
Show a video showcasing what the design process looks like. (Example: Dodge Dart design video).
Debrief the video. Allows students time to identify the design process with a partner or small group.
Refer back to the notes you took from the Curiosity Machine, and maybe some of your own research. With a partner, define the making process.
3 Identify what you want to make.
- Allow students to explore DIY.org. Point out again how the site is organized. While they are exploring, help them register for the site.
- Introduce the idea of the badge system. Discuss where earned badges will be displayed.
- Students should have a good idea what track they would like to explore and what badge they would like to achieve by the end of the lesson.
- Explore! I will be around to each team to help register for the site.
- What is a badge? Which one would you like to earn?
- Where can we display the badges you earn?
4 The Pitch
- Students must decide on a badge to attain at this point, as well as develop a Google Doc material list.
- What will they need in terms of supplies to complete their badge?
- Students should create a short, 2 minute pitch to the teacher that defines their goal, which lessons they will complete to get a badge, and what materials they need along the way.
- Students must also work within a pre-defined budget.
- Time to choose!
- Which badge are you trying to attain?
- What materials do you need to get started?
- What is your budget?
- Develop a 2 minute pitch to your teacher. Define all of the above questions.
5 The Challenge
After a few lessons dedicated to designing and redesigning, or perhaps after students have earned that first badge, or when students are in need of an additional challenge, they can check out Instructables. This site features several ongoing maker challenges designed for various age groups.
Ready to compete?
- Check out Instructables.com.
- Pick a challenge, any challenge.
- Showcase your work to the class, and submit your work online. (Check with your teacher prior to submiting.)