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One of our middle school kids right now is working on a Pokeman Go cheater contraption that will take his phone on a walk (or rather simulate a walk) so he can hatch eggs faster. This contraption includes a conveyor belt, motors, switches and a holder for his phone - all of which he is building.
Our grade 4/5 and middle school makers are currently working on making tee shirts with our screen printing machine. First they have learned to use vector art drawing programs and a drawing tablet - a Wacom. They are creating their own "logo" and then transferring that logo to shirts and posters on our screenprinter. They are also cutting out their logo on the CNC or laser cutter.
Our younger Makers Club members were working on two projects recently - one was an art installation that included LED lights, coin batteries, copper tape, and a self-made switch. The other project was a coding project that ended with the kids making a tee shirt of their "coded art." For this project they used a program called Turtle Art. They write code (drag and drop style) to control a "Turtle" that will draw for them based on their code.
In all of the "Makers Clubs" kids create cool things such as catapults, trebuchets, electronic games, tee shirts, 3D printed name tags and charms, and so much more. These things go home once they are complete.
And it should be noted that new members to the makers clubs don't begin at the CNC machine or laser cutter. As I mentioned there is a curriculum that is scaffolding in nature. As kids learn new skills their experiences broaden and their ability to build and create more complex things increases.
Our Friday night events are 2.5 hours and we feed your kids pizza and juice, then give them a couple of hours on our computers to play Minecraft. We don't have the kids on the internet playing, instead we provide an in-house server for them to interact with each other and we give them creative, cooperative build challenges. We don't allow PVP (player vs player) and it is not a free-for-all. We are structured and give the kids a fun, creative experience.