Nature – – – Maker

Shadow Drawing
Nature Wall
Heading Out on a Nature Meander
Team Building Activity
Team Building Activity
Dipping for Microorganisms
Aesthetic Activity
Gathering a Sample
Fun in the Outdoors
Dipping for Creatures
Checking out Treasures Under the Microscope
Projector Collage
Making a Stop Motion Animation
Animal Stop Motion Animation
3D Printing
End of Day Meeting
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Maker—Nature is a multi-generational summer enrichment program where elementary-age students can participate for a fee.  Additionally, middle and high school students can apply to be Jr. Artist-in-Residence and GVSU students work as Artist-in-Residence.  This program guides participants in self-directed project-based work focused on nature and makerspace technology.  While exploring and discussing the complexities of humans relationship with nature and humans relationship with technology.  One of the foundational texts for the program is Outside Lies Magic which explores enchantments inherent in the natural world, compelling individuals to connect with and observe their surroundings more attentively

Participants learn the fundamentals of using a 3D scanner, 3D printer, laser cutter, and vinyl cutter and develop projects related to humans’ relationship with nature and humans’ relationship with technology. We engage in short reading and discussion activities, as well as have direct instructional time and self-guided work time. Our AIR will be working alongside the children to develop a (child-friendly) interactive artwork that combines a coded web-based nonlinear story and 3D-printed objects.