Maker Buddies

Description

Maker Buddies is a drop-in STEAM and Literacy based program. Teen volunteers and children in grades 2-5 worked together to complete different STEAM activities. The program will run twice a week for a total of eight weeks at two branches in the system. While the program is drop-in, some days the number of participants may be limited due to the nature of the activity.

Maker Buddies Schedule of Activities:

Week One - E-Paper robot card
Week Two - Beaded loom bookmark
Week Three - Oz-bot
Week Four - Rainbow Loom
Week Five - Makey Makey
Week Six - 3D Doodler pens
Week Seven - Little bits
Week Eight - E-textile project

KEEVA Planks were always om-hand for passive programming
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Program photos

Program promotional materials

Length of program session

30-60 minutes

Number of sessions

16

Frequency

Weekly
Audience

Primary Audience

Primary (Gr. K-3 or aged 5-8)
Intermediate (Gr. 4-7 or aged 9-12)

Secondary Audience

Middle School/Junior Secondary (Gr. 8-10 or aged 13-16)
Senior Secondary (Gr. 11-12 or aged 17-18)
Resources

Funding (grants/foundations/corporations)

$7500 From the Provincial Library

Resources required (materials/supplies; food/refreshments, etc.)

Materials/Supplies
- Ozbot Bit 2.0 (x6)
- Ozbot Washable Marker (x12)
- 3D Doodler Start 3D Printing Pen (x12)
- 3D Doodler DoodleBlocks (x2)
- 3D Doodler START Mix Colour Pack (x6)
- 3D Doodler START Red (x6)
- 3D Doodler START Blue (x6)
- 3D Doodler START Green (x6)
- 3D Doodler START White (x6)
- 3D Doodler START Orange (x6)
- 3D Doodler START Yellow (x6)
- LilyPad Button Board (x25)
- Copper Tap 5mm 50ft (x1)
- LilyPad LED light for textiles, set of five (x5)
- Conductive Thread 60g Spool (x1)
- 20mm coin cell battery (cr2032)(x13)
- LilyPad Coin Cell Battery Holder 20mm (x25)
- Diecutter machine. Silhouette (x2)
- Needle nose pliers (x6)
- Sewing needles
- Card Stock
- STEAM Student Set (x4)

Snacks
- Cookies
- Granola bars
- Juice boxes
- Water
Evaluation

Feedback from Participants

One parent commented that it was great to have something that appealed to the older school age kids since most of the summer programming seems to be for younger children.

Highlights - what worked well?

- The e-cards were very popular! They engaged kids for over an hour and everyone went home satisfied that they could make their project work well.
- The kids really enjoyed having a project to take home so the 3D Doodler Pens, Beaded Looms, Light Up Cards, and e-textiles were very popular
- The Beaded Looms ended up being easier than expected and will be used as a passive teen program in the fall.

What were the goals/objectives of your program?

The goal of the program was to:
- Get kids excited about STEAM and
- Encourage reading and promote the Summer Reading Contest

What would you change about this program?

One of the biggest challenges was that younger kids needed too much hands-on help. Going forward, the program will target a slightly older age group (starting at grade 3/4). The younger children just were not as interested in doing things for themselves or ready for self exploration.

Reading Buddies

Description

Reading Buddies is a system wide program that matches children in grades 1-3 (little buddies) high school student volunteers (big buddies), who share their love of reading with fun picture books and literacy games. The buddies meet for an hour/wee for eight weeks. The program runs at several branches in Regina and is loosely supervised by staff (the buddies do not meet in a program room). The program was advertised in RPL's Program Guide, on RPL's website, on Social Media, and in schools. This program launched in the Fall of 2016 is is an ongoing program.

Each branch where the program is held has a box full of literacy kits. These kits include information sheets for the big buddies that include tips on helping their little buddies find the perfect book, a list of all the types of books in the childrens' area (board books, picture books, beginning readers, etc.), and literacy games.

The teen volunteers spend a total of 10 weeks in the program. All volunteers are required to attend a training session the week before Reading Buddies starts and there is an optional wrap party after the program is finished.

This program took 4 months plan.
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Program photos

Program promotional materials

Length of program session

30-60 minutes

Number of sessions

8

Frequency

Weekly

Presenter(s)

Volunteers
Audience

Primary Audience

Primary (Gr. K-3 or aged 5-8)
Middle School/Junior Secondary (Gr. 8-10 or aged 13-16)
Senior Secondary (Gr. 11-12 or aged 17-18)
Resources

Budget for this program

$1650

Resources required (materials/supplies; food/refreshments, etc.)

Literacy Games:
- Rory's Story Cubes (bought)
- Zingo Word Builder (bought)
- Spot it! (bought)
- Sight Word Guess Who (made)
- Sight Word Memory (made)
- Sight Word Bingo/Blackout (made)
- Rhyming Dominoes (made)
- BANG! Sight Word Game (made)

Refreshments for volunteer training and volunteer wrap-up:
- Donuts
- Coffee
- Pizza
- Pop
Evaluation

Feedback from Participants

- Our teen volunteers really love the program. Many of the volunteers that started in the fall, have come back for other sessions. Two of our teen volunteers enjoyed volunteering at the library so much that they joined the Teen Advisory Group
- Parents have told me how much they appreciate the program - one mom said that her son's teacher has noticed an improvement in his reading since he started Reading Buddies.

Highlights - what worked well?

- Recruiting volunteers from the catholic schools. Students in the catholic system need volunteer hours in order to graduate. I contact the Christian Ethics teachers at all the schools and got RPL added to the approved list of volunteer organizations. I also sent posters to the catholic schools.
- the kids really loved the literacy games

What were the goals/objectives of your program?

- To increase literacy among school aged children and to help an age group that is not old enough to attend our homework help program (for grades 4-12).
- To increase the number of teens using the library

What would you change about this program?

- We need to change the way we advertise this program to parents. We have no problem getting teen volunteers but it is always a struggle to get parents to register their kids for the program (but the parents who do register LOVE the program).

Build a Book

Author

Regina Public Library

Description

Children design and make books based on a variety of fun styles such as zigzag, origami, concertina, envelope, peek-in and Storybird.

Training Guide File

Resource Type (defunct)

Word
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Summer Art Camp for Kids - Object Stories

Author

Amber Phelps-Bonderoff & Wendy Peart (Dunlop Art Gallery)

Description

Explore story creation utilizing visual and narrative means. Children will be involved in multiple art and storytelling activities centered on a favourite object brought from home.

  • Explore an object by memory, drawing, painting, sculpture and photography.
  • Share results of exploration with peers through discussion.
  • Tell a personal story of the object and its personal meaning.
  • Create a new story/s about the object. Express it visually and narratively (oral and written).

The premise is based on a model provided by the Portland Art Museum.  http://objectstories.org/

Resource Type (defunct)

PDF
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