Chicago Museums, take note of what a group of high school students from Maine is doing in partnership with the Maine Discovery Museum. Students from The Maine Game Club are developing interactive STEM games for the museum’s young patrons. The teens are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to offset their travel expenses and the occasional pizza (they are teenagers, after all) as they develop fun, interactive games to teach math, physics and other STEM topics.
At the time I’m writing, the kids are just over 1/3 of the way to their $2,000 goal with just two weeks to go. With Kickstarter, it’s an all or nothing campaign. That is, they reach their goal and get the money or they walk away with nothing more than lessons learned. The work with the museum will take place either way. And there will likely be pizza, too.
So why give?
Good karma. With donations starting at just $1, I’m going to send a little something their way. After all, the Older Maker Teen started an App Development Club at his school (note to self: why don’t they have a website?), and I’d like to think people would help his group with a worthy endeavor.
If you dig around their site, I’m sure you’ll agree the club is doing some pretty cool things. In addition, they involve students with interests in marketing and art as well as coding. And their teacher-sponsor seems pretty dedicated, as well. If this is like most schools I know, his club stipend likely averages out to about $1.80 an hour because he’s going the extra mile for his students.
Learn a bit more about their project from the video below.
And as long as you have your credit card out, remember my friend’s project for an all-ages makerspace in Decatur, Georgia. Let’s hear it for family-friendly makerspaces!