After attending TCEA in early February and seeing Jess Malloy’s Gadget Girls project, I realized I needed to have a better venue for my girls in my library makerspace. I kept hearing statistics about girls losing interest in Science in the middle grades. Thinking back on our Maker Mondays, I realized, many girls who had come initially to our maker activities, weren’t coming anymore.
During the conference, I was also able to tinker with Circuit Scribe and a Chibitronic Sticker Sketchbook and I knew these would be the perfect resources for getting my girls involved in STEM. My plan is to involve the girls in learning simple paper circuits and then utilizing those concepts for journaling and designing.
Read more on the about the Circuit Girls Project on Donors Choose.
This was my first Donors Choose project, and it was amazing! I read and pondered Diana Rendina’s tips for writing a Donors Choose project. My project fit the STEM requirements for the SPARK promo code and I spent the week promoting this page through Twitter and Facebook. It was funded in less than a week! The resources arrived early March and the Circuit Girls started meeting every Tuesday morning. The first day they created a simple circuit, one girl said, “Who knew you could light up your notebook?”
My girls have been so excited about learning with their new Chibitronic notebooks that they now want to come twice a week. In just over a month, they have become confident in circuit building and now they are designing their own electronic greeting cards to send to our donors. These girls have added pressure sensors, blinking slide switch, and parallel circuits to their vocabulary. Now it’s time to smash these new concepts with coding and see where these girls go!