If you have not listened to Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk, Do schools kill creativity?, it is well worth the 16 minutes it takes.
One of the main points of his talk is that it is hard to conceive of what the future will hold for our children. Can we even imagine what the year 2065 will look like? To prepare our students to meet this vast unknown, Robinson makes the case that educators must nurture (rather than undermine) creativity.
At Franklin Discovery Academy, we continually strive to cultivate creativity. In STEM Rec, our guiding principles are as follows:
Why do we exist?
-To ignite a passion for learning
How do we behave?
-We love, support and challenge our students
What do we do?
-We create a rich, engaging and positive learning community
How will we succeed?
-We believe in our students
BUT…....we need your help.
Our makerspace is a wonderful way to foster innovation, vision, enterprise and initiative. However, it takes A LOT of materials. We have 500 students passing through STEM Rec everyday! Last week students made over 300 boats while exploring the principle of buoyancy. To make this a successful adventure, we all have to pull together.
Below is a list of items we need on a regular basis to keep the makerspace up and running. Any materials you can contribute would be greatly appreciated. And remember, every $10 you contribute counts for 1 hour of volunteer time. Just mark your contribution “makerspace” and turn it into the front desk. They will make sure it gets to us. A huge thank you in advance!
The STEM Rec Team
Plastic containers, fruit cups, jello cups, yogurt containers etc.
Plastic water bottles
Paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls
Spools, empty ribbon or tape rolls
Packaging materials, peanuts, bubble wrap
Cardboard especially the thin such as cereal boxes.
CD or DVD’s and their cases
Small metal tins
Materials that are in constant demand:
Glue - all types (elmer's, tacky glue, gorilla glue, wood glue)
Tape - all types (duct tape, masking, packing, scotch)
String - all types (thread, fishing line, twine)
Dowels of all sizes
Wire for circuits
Hook & loop velcro