Yesterday I mentioned that I am working on repurposing a bookshelf to create a “Genius Bar” for my classroom. Another project I am planning is to transform the old, gigantic, executive type desk that I inherited into a mini Maker Studio. My vision is to put all kinds of materials in its nooks and crannies that students can use to create whatever they imagine. I usually collect old boxes and various other containers for some of the projects my students do throughout the year, so this will be a place to store them have them readily available. Access to the “Maker Studio” is going to be something the students will earn when they reach a certain level in my classroom. (The levels are based on the idea of gamification. I’ll explain this more in a later post – not because I’m holding back on you, but because I haven’t actually thought the whole process through yet!)
To kick off the whole Maker Studio idea, I am hoping to participate in “The Global Cardboard Challenge.” This is a project that began last year, inspired by Caine’s Arcade. The idea is to encourage kids to create cardboard creations throughout the month of September, and then to come together to celebrate and play with them on October 5th. I completely missed the boat last year – but this year I am ready. Well, I’m kind of ready. I need to start collecting cardboard. That part is kind of important, I suppose! We may not be “official hosts” this year, but we are definitely going to get involved, and I hope you will, too!