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Medium 4e9e0c8888f10ec55b64a416a319192e Cheryl Sanico

Share your takeaways from a breakout session

Low Cost Tools - Beginning MakerSpacers does not have to make us poor!

  • October 11, 2017 at 3:48 PM
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This was encouraging because #1 I don't have a budget to "buy" things for kids to "make and do."  #2 The photos showed me that students still love to play with good old cardboard and playdoh!

The samples shared reminded me that it's more about the process of working out a plan and working together (if it can be do with a group). I loved the simple puppet show and the huge fort.  I loved the playdoh squishy circuits.  Yes, that will cost a little, but way less that Little Bits!  And, Legos!  I already have some - and, plan to ask for donations... From the closing Keynote session, I saw her wonderful Lego wall made on top of an unused white board. I plan to use that same idea and make my own version of a Lego wall using an old easel which is out of commission.

The examples and ideas that were shared reminded me that I just need to think outside the box and not let money be my limiter. Students love to play and cut and tape.  Cardboard and tape make a lot of fun for many.  Those cardboard signs were amazing!

On a side note, another session reminded me to tap the experts in my school:  who can help teach the students to crochet?  Or do flower arranging?  or...?  I need to do what we can, with what we have.  I don't need to go out and buy all sorts of stuff and build a program around stuff.