Let me begin by saying that I am excited by the recent surge in interest. As the Summer has begun and schedules have become more crammed activity has begun to wain. In an attempt to refocus the groups efforts I am going to give a rundown of our overall progress and what the next steps have to be. I hope this serves as a motivational list of objectives.
What has been decided:
1. Maker Scouts will be an inclusive organization with no discrimination based on sexual orientation or religious beliefs of children or parents.
2. Maker Scouts core values are Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion, and Courage. Look Here for what that means.
3. The Goal of Maker Scouts is to engage children and their parents in STEAM based activities to foster our core values.
What Needs Doing:
1. Website improvements- If you are good with web design and would like to create our new website respond here and I will get working with you. The current website is being run by me but it is nothing special.
2. Activity development- Look what has been suggested here. The TLDR, We need to come up with an introductory set of activities for our test troops to work with and report back on. Activities should cover 3-4 meetings covering introduction/theory, design/planning, construction, and evaluation. Look at some of the examples in the link above. Also there are a lot of ideas here. Keep cost and the level of children in mind.
3. Test Troops- You would think this would be the easy one. We need to get three test troops to start testing out activities and report on best practices. How can we best accomplish this? First we need to get the word out. If you know parents with kids between 8 and 12 see you if can get them excited to work on something like this. We also need to create materials that can be passed out to people en-mass in our test markets. If you are good at graphic design and would like to help make pamphlets or fliers that would be great. We also need to identify with certanty the interested parties who will spend the time on the ground creating a local Maker Scout test troop.
4. Badges/Acknowledgments- Multiple Ideas have been passed around virtual badges, portfolios, individualized badges, flags, trinkets. There is almost a problem of to much choice. My personal thoughts are that there should be some physical item that kids can have to display their accomplishment. Some have suggested that badges only work with a uniform, however, James and I have tossed around the idea of Maker Scout Backpacks/tool bags. These would be an excellent place for badges. Additionally the idea of portfolios is amazing. It encourages documentation and provides a resume building resource when college and job application time comes arround.
There are other things to do but I believe these are the highest priority items. As always I believe that majority rules and that the best decisions are made in an active and engaged group. If you have modifications suggestions or want to tackle some of these items please post a comment or email me firstname.lastname@example.org