Now that we have completed our first session of AwesomeShops, we are collaborating with our makers to figure out what to do in terms of projects and workshops for the summer that will make for interesting learning experiences and good times. To do so, we kicked off a process of “sticky note” brainstorming so that everyone could contribute their ideas, organize them into categories, and pick their favorites.
With a bit of persuasion and priming, the ideas started trickling forth. Soon enough, we had a flood on our hands, and we almost ran out of sticky notes! When finished, we stepped back and looked proudly upon a boardful of incredibly creative ideas. By moving them around on the board and grouping similar ideas together, we were able to combine some into larger, more comprehensive projects, as well as begin to refine the focus areas for the Makerspace itself. We’re still hashing things out, but by next week we should be able to nail down some amazing summer projects.