On May 5, the Sierra Makerspaces team along with a few awesome student volunteers had a blast helping over 500 kids create some unique projects at the Sierra College Natural History Museum’s Annual Dinosaur Day! If you have never been to this amazing event, it is similar to a Mini Maker Faire with every booth having a hands-on maker or learning activity and all are geared toward Science, Exploration, and of course Dinosaurs!
When we were asked to be a part of this campus event we were excited to create a unique activity and wanted kids to be able to not only leave with something cool, but have it simple enough that they were able to make it themselves. What our team came up with were these fierce dinosaur grabbers made out of popsicle sticks, laser cut dino heads & metal brads!
Because we also wanted to bring some technology to the event for kids (and parents) to try out, we also brought out our go-to event activity 3D pens from Aio Robotics!
We find when explaining how you can design in 3d, it is so much easier to show how a 2d picture can turn into a 3d sculpture, so we create laser cut templates to start out with (this time dino themed, of course). Watching the light go off as both young and older people begin to understand the design concept is our favorite thing ever!
The Sierra Team was also Challenged by the museum to come up with some designer “Dino inspired” backpacks.
The museum ordered the plain backpacks and with the help of 5th-6th grade Destination Imagination team, our Creative Consultant Heather Lincoln, Student Alliya Smith-Brown and a couple Math Faculty members, we set to work on customizing them!
Our models were definitely the highlight of the afternoon as they walked the Orange carpet to parade their creations!
The museum then raffled the backpacks off to 6 lucky winners with all proceeds going to help S.T.E.A.M education on campus.
All in all it was a super fun day & we can’t wait to see how this Dinosaur Day event grows in the coming years and how it impact this next generation of MAKERS, SCIENTIST & ENGINEERS!
If you would like to see any more photos of our activity or the backpack fashion show, here is a like to a small video on YouTube https://youtu.be/4siWc-0vhdk