How I Use It
I currently use the site with my after school Maker Club. Every child created their own account and is working toward earning a badge for a skill that they are most interested in (e.g., journalism or cardboarder). As a club, we're also working together as a group to complete the challenges for the Club Member badge, which has been a great way to build community in the club and engage in collaborative making. It's helpful to know every child's nickname on the site so you can visit their page and track their projects.
DIY.org is a great community where students can connect with other makers, find inspiration for new projects, and share their own creations. The site is very open-ended, providing prompts (challenges) that students use to guide their project work. I like that it has been designed with young children in mind, so it helps teach digital citizenship by prompting kids to create avatars and nicknames and allows parents to see what their children are posting. I also appreciate their badge system and the fact that kids can complete a challenge in any number of ways so that every child has the opportunity to express their own vision and creativity. For young students, it can be a bit challenging to figure out how DIY.org works and how to earn a badge when they're first starting out and I would love to see more video instructions throughout for learners who struggle with text but overall I think it's a wonderful site. I'd highly recommend it as a tool to get your students engaging in making and it's a perfect tool to inspire projects for genius hour or other academic subjects.