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Making Equity: A Day Long Pop-Up Makerspace for Elementary Youth in Northern Colorado

Making Equity: A Day Long Pop-Up Makerspace for Elementary Youth in Northern Colorado

Colorado State University, English Department

Program Summary

“Making Equity” will be a free event on August 10 at Colorado State University for 4th-8th graders and their families. Planned and co-facilitated with a diverse group of fourth-graders and co-sponsored by the CSU Writing Project and the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, the event will be guided by the principles of making and connected learning. Approximately 100 participants will engage in hands-on activities intended to deepen understanding of the intersections between civic literacies, multimodal practices, and the marginalized history of Latinos in Northern Colorado.

To kick off the day, Connected Learning educators and 4th-grade youth ambassadors will discuss the relationship between making and civic literacies in a brief interactive keynote on a Google hangout. Participants will then roam in a pop-up makerspace where they can:
-build a cardboard city based on historic photos of Fort Collins
-record a podcast interview with members of the Latino community
-tinker with mechanical parts to build environmentally sound machines
-create a boardgame that remixes a more equitable version history of Fort Collins
-make a digital six-word memoir about a figure from Latino community
-construct a book of odes about a historical artifact from the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery or El Museo de Las Tres Colonias
-pose for a picture in the zombie photobooth, and more.

Finally, participants will engage in breakout sessions to explore making strategies that families, schools, and communities can use to highlight the ways Latino culture has shaped the rapidly changing demographics of our state.

By the end of this workshop, Colorado’s youth will have produced media projects highlighting underrepresented history, mentored each other and adults about the uses of technology and making for civic purposes, and have created artifacts to be displayed in the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery for future youth to build upon and learn from.

Agenda

**Note: Shuttle service from local public schools and youth activities centers will take place throughout the day.
8:30-9:00 – Check in and Continental breakfast

9:00-9:30: Welcome / Participants will engage in an interactive keynote with 4th-grade digital youth ambassadors and Connected Learning educators to introduce the themes of making and civic literacies.

9:30-11:30 Pop-up makerspace – Participants will browse and build among the stations. Activities include opportunities to:

-build a cardboard city based on historic photos of Fort Collins
-record a podcast interview with members of the Latino community
-tinker with mechanical parts to build environmentally sound machines
-create a boardgame that remixes a more equitable version history of Fort Collins
-make a digital six-word memoir about a figure from Latino community
-construct a book of odes about a historical artifact from the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery or El Museo de Las Tres Colonias
-pose for a picture in the zombie photobooth, and more.

With participants’ permission, digital youth ambassadors and an adult documentarian will record makerspace activities to be posted to the CSU Writing Project website and shared at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

11:30-12:30: Lunch – This will be free to pre-registered youth. Publicity prior to the event will invite families to bring a picnic lunch. Water will be provided.

12:30-1:30: Participants may choose to share makerspace artifacts in a living museum.

1:30-2:30: Participants will rotate among facilitated breakouts on:
· Making equity in your school
· Making equity in your community
· Making equity at home

During this time, participants can also take a cardboard city tour conducted by 4th-grade digital learning ambassadors. The cardboard city reflects a more equitable remix of Fort Collins history to include the perspectives and lived experiences of the historically underrepresented Latino population.

2:30-3:00: Tweet-out and digital vision wall to share and document learning around making equity.

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