This week was a very interesting assignment. After reading so much about making I feel more prepared to implement either a maker day or add to some of my classes. I have just purchased a makey makey and a little bits kit for arduino. I am really excited to try out some new technology. The arduino has been getting a little frustrating. This week I took a little bit of a break and explored lego robotics. I borrowed the kit from our school before leaving. I had a lot of fun with this one. I think it was more fun because I made something on my own. The coding is block coding and much easier.
Josie talked about having her maker day at the park. This is such a great idea because I think it would encourage more community members to come. I only wish there was a park in the community that I teach so that I could steal this idea. I did suggest that she have more help with planning. I was unsure of if she meant that others would be part of the planning or not. She talked about having people help out with each station which would definitely help people feel more comfortable. I think it is important to have a team help with planning because there is really too much for just one person to plan. Especially with trying to get sponsors. Sponsors are huge to keeping maker days sustainable and being able to have them more than once.
Anastasia had a good idea of setting up a planning meeting and then delegating jobs from their. This is a good way to get input from others while also spreading out responsibility. Planning a maker day alone would be a lot of work and would be a way to burn yourself out the first go around. I also like how she mentioned the schedule in the toolkit. This schedule is stuck in my mind but I did not write about it. I used it more as a framework. I have never experienced a maker day and it is hard to plan something you only know from reading. The schedule really helps me to visualize what a maker day might look like.