How do I get a team together?
Think about the kids you have who are geeks, techies; the kids who always want to have their hands busy, exploring, taking things apart. It’s for our kids who are budding scientists, techies, engineers, artists, designers, mathematicians, etc. Its for our kids who are Lego or Minecraft-obsessed! It’s for the kids who are always drawing and doodling. It’s for our Rube Goldberg Machine kids! Think about the kids who are great problem solvers. Or who are bright, but need a challenge that puts them out of their “school success” comfort zone. Campers need to be in (rising) 5th-12th grades. While it’s good to have mixed age groups, it is not an essential. Everyone will find their place on the team in the camp.
How do we get our kids interested in attending?
Talk with them. Show them the website and modules. Remind them of those characteristics they have that made you think of them. Show them the videos at MaKey MaKey or littleBits. Make a flyer and send it home to parents. Talk with parents about why this would be a great opportunity for their kids.
How do students benefit?
Students will get to experience a true innovative learning environment where they get to construct, deconstruct, problem solve, collaborate, think, develop, design, all sorts of mechanical and artistic stuff. Yes, “stuff.” It’s up to the kids to invent and learn. It will be an immersive and exciting environment of learning and they might be surprised at who comes alive in this type of camp!
How do schools/teachers benefit?
Schools who are looking to develop innovative learning spaces, where students are fully engaged in learning are clamoring to learn how to create these environments. This is hands on STEM! This is an opportunity to have students and teachers experience how one phenomenal environment works. Then, once they return back home, they’re ready to begin building their own spaces that will benefit the learners back in their own schools.
How do we get parents interested to support this?
Parents are always looking to find interesting ways to get their kids off the couch, or to pry away from video games, and this is a great way to do that. Sure, some kids go to basketball or football camps in the summer. Many don’t. This is for those kids who are content to be hanging out enjoying the geekier things in life. Is your kid Lego obsessed? Minecraft obsessed? Are they always doodling? Then this camp is probably for your kid!
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How do I get my boss to see the potential here? My Superintendent? My program director?
Most schools are scrambling to figure out what a modern learning environment truly looks like. We want to do it, but are nervous about going full bore with classes. So send a team of students and teachers to learn how to create this type of classroom. Then they can create either an elective class, an after school program, a lunch buddy program, or something else that will attract kids. It’s a low-stakes, low-cost way to get a program seed started in your school district.
What is the first step?
- Get your planning team excited and pick a time of year. Who will be attending? Only 1 district or school? Will you be inviting other schools to attend (and split the costs)?
- Reach out to us to solidify dates and modules.
- Get the parents excited.
- Have a Q/A meeting with teachers, parents, and community. Let us know if you’d like us to attend in person or virtually to help field questions from families and community. We’re excited to help.
- Finalize teacher/team interest.
- Continue coordinating with STEAMmaker Camp coordinators to plan equipment and facility needs.
How can we get this camp funded?
There are various ways to fund a camp.
- Ask for local service organizations to sponsor financially needy and/or star academic students.
- Ask parents to pay student registration.
- Coordinate funding through STEM or other related grants.