MakerSpace: Challenge Cards, getting teens to try new activities in the Teen MakerSpace
We have also seen that some of the elements are a little less self-directed then we imagined them to be. Sometimes, our teens want prompts to help get them started. And after a little bit of searching I learned about “Challenge Cards”. Challenge cards are a great way to help get teens engaging with some of our Teen MakerSpace elements. They basically work like a writing prompt, giving just that little push needed to get the creative juices flowing.
We currently have Challenge Cards for our stop motion animation station, the LittleBits, and Legos. Some of the Challenge Cards we found online, others we created ourselves. Our Lego Challenge Cards are a combination of those we found online and those we created with the help of teens sitting in the Teen MakerSpace.
In the future, we hope to develop (or find) some coding challenge cards. And because our iPad bank is perfect for learning photo manipulation and meme creation, I think we will also be developing some Photo Challenge Cards.
We laminated our cards and created signage, making them available right next to the station so teens can grab a card and go. We have found that it has prompted some of our teens to try new activities in the space and recommend them.
Here are links to some of the various Challenge Card examples we have found to date or created for ourselves. If you know of others you would like to share, please add them in the comments.LittleBits Challenge Cards: https://lb-community.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/supporting_file/asset/263/LittleBitsChallengeDeluxe.pdf. ; http://littlebits.cc/education-project-challenge-cards ; http://littlebits.cc/lessons/littlebits-101-classroom-set-edition-with-task-cards Lego Challenge Cards: http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/free-printable-lego-challenge-cards/
Dash and Dot Challenge Cards: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/31191042/dash_character_challenges.pdf ; http://www.thedigitalscoop.com/the_digital_scoop/2015/01/dash-and-dot-robots-blockly-with-1st-graders.html
Scratch Challenge Cards : scratch challenge cards https://jvcomputerclub.net/scratch-club-beginner-level/scratch-club-level-1/scratch-cards/ ; http://checkthis.com/scratchstarterkit
Stop Motion Animation Challenge Cards: https://www.scribd.com/doc/313555018/Stop-Motion-Challenge-Cards