How I Use It
Before you begin with this excellent app, I have a few really valuable tips that you might want to read first:
1) Create a family/class account: Rather than having individual accounts, skip the competition between your kids and encourage the collaboration. Everybody can work together to be a part of the success! Create a shared account with a shared password. You’ll feel safer, it’s easier to manage, and it’s a great bonding thing!
2) Skip the camps: You’ll see prompts that offer specialized camps for $10. I believe these are probably excellent based on the quality of this site, but there is SO MUCH FREE STUFF that I encourage you to live in & explore the DIY.org world before you start paying.
3) There's a website, but get the app: All the info is on the app, and it’s great to have it with you wherever you go! It also makes taking a photo or video for submission so much easier. When a student catches her first fish for the angler badge, shoot a quick vid, upload it right from your phone, and you’re on your way!
Here’s the gist of the site:
1) You look up stuff to do.
2) You do the stuff.
3) You post something about the stuff you did.
4) You earn a patch.
I have just completely oversimplified this amazing site, but I wanted you to feel like this is easy, and fun, and something you can start doing right now! I know you’re itching to get started, but please, please bear with me as I explain DIY.org in a little more detail.
1) You look up stuff to do: From hundreds and hundreds of ALL KINDS of activities. I’m not kidding when I say there is something for everyone here.
2) You do the stuff: Pick a patch that interests you and go for it! I like to bake, so I went for the baker patch. A user needs to do 3 challenges in any category to earn the DIY.org patch for the chosen activity.
3. You post something about the stuff you did: Many sites call this ‘submitting evidence’. When you’re done baking your bread, making a duct-tape wallet, starting a rock collection, scrapbooking, producing a radio interview, or hiking – just upload a photo or video to show that you actually did it!
4. You earn a patch! At first, your submission (evidence) is pending review by real humans, but then it gets approved, you get an email, and you’re on your way to earning a patch! Remember, you must do three challenges in any category before you’re patch-worthy.
I can highly recommend this site and definitely encourage you to try it with your class or family. The vast variety of skills, supportive videos, and motivational badges make it the perfect tool for learning and exploring all kinds of creative projects!