This Week’s Theme- Maker Movement

It seems like the term “Maker” is everywhere these days. People are definitely returning to a Do It Yourself attitude that invites tinkering, creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit. For example, this week, some of our eLeader kids are helping to support our local Barnes and Noble as they host their own Mini Maker Faire. We have new programs focused on STEM and STEAM, new tools like 3D printers, and lots of community partners who are interested in developing opportunities for kids to invent, explore, and design.

With all of this in mind, we’d love to know how you bring opportunities for these types of learning into your classroom or school? How do you encourage creativity? What roles do invention and design play in your work? Send us pictures of the process that students go through as they make things for your class. Show us the materials that your learners work with. Share photos of the things you and your students have made that are the products of your learning. After all, the things we build are the monuments to our #EVSCstory.

NOTE: You absolutely DO NOT have to match the theme to share a picture with us. Feel free to share any photo that helps us tell the #EVSCstory at ANY time.

Maker Movement

This photo was created using Canva. If you would like to know more about this tool or about photo editing, contact the ICATS.

How to Share Your Photos

There are four ways that you can share the photos that you take with us:

  1. You can share via Instagram – Simply post your Instagram photos using the hashtag #EVSCstory. Feel free to add other hashtags as well to indicate the theme (e.g. #Maker), or add more information to the caption to help tell the story.
  2. You can share via Twitter – Post your photos to Twitter using the hashtag #EVSCstory. Again, we invite you to add other hashtags, including some of our EVSC hashtags like #evscchat. You can also include our Twitter handle (@evscicats) to ensure we see your pictures as soon as you post.
  3. You can share via Facebook – Visit our ICATS Facebook page, click the Message button in the upper-right corner, and in the text of the message give us your name, school, and the theme for the week. Be sure to attach the photo by clicking the Add Files button. While you are there, we’d love it if you liked our page :) OR, simply share your image on your own Facebook feed, and include the #EVSCstory hashtag.
  4. You can share via email – If social media isn’t your thing, feel free to share your photos directly with us through email. Just attach your photos to an email and send them to [email protected]

How to Check Out the Photos

After each week’s challenge, we will post a link to the archive of the week’s photos here. Follow the link, and enjoy the story that unfolds!

Final Thoughts

We continue to receive all kinds of great pictures from the #EVSCstory community. In a way, this collective effort is an example of what we can create together. A big, crowd-sourced Maker activity that results in a virtual photo album that we can share. Please continue to make your contributions to the work, and encourage your colleagues to join in the fun!

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