I have posted previously on enabling creativity. One of the resources I mentioned was the DIY Website. It has been going for a while now and really, just keeps getting better. In short, it is a place to be inspired and inspire others with the things you can build, make, hack, or grow. Which makes it perfect for those of us who have Genius Hour (or a derivative thereof in our classrooms) or are encouraging kids to pursue a passion (and shouldn’t that be all of us?).
One of the features I haven’t noticed before is the what’s trending ladder on the home page. This shows the topics that are most popular amongst the DIY community. Clicking on any of these terms will take you to see what others have been doing.
In addition to showcasing what you have made to an online community, you can earn badges for completing projects. The badges have a number of challenges and upon completion of three of the challenges you will get your badge. Here is a selection of badges most recently added:
And here is a closer look at the ‘Maker’ badge and the challenges you can choose from. The ‘tools’ section on the right will take you to web pages of information associated with the skill set you are looking at. The challenges (not in picture) come with information to guide you through the challenge.
You can sign up for weekly emails from DIY. On Saturday morning, they send out suggestions for three weekend projects and ask if you have any questions to reply to the email and they will get back to you. I have been subscribing for a while and when we began our Energy unit at the beginning of the year, I was asking about alternative energy skill sets and they do email back! I have always found the DIY people to be really receptive to feedback and I am sure eager to answer questions from kids – again teaching them about seeing out information for themselves. Here are examples of this week’s weekend projects:
As we begin our Exhibition unit on Monday, this will be another of the resources shared with my kids. I am interested in seeing where it takes them in learning more about their passions.
Have you used this website with your kids?