Four Open Educator Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Guides & Grants for Educators Now Available

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for the Allen Distinguished Educators Program
November 9, 2015


Bring innovative engineering and entrepreneurship projects to your classroom with open-educator DIY Guides designed by the inaugural cohort of Allen Distinguished Educators. By packaging and sharing projects by exceptional educators, ADE encourages other educators to adapt, modify, and expand these projects to their own classrooms nationally. The DIY Guides include interactive guided tours, detailed projects plans, and opportunities to contribute comments and build discussion with like-minded educators.

Every school, classroom and teacher has unique styles and practices. That’s why ADE encourages educators to “break,” change, and build-upon these projects to fit the specific needs of their students and classroom environments. Project Plan Materials can be downloaded for free as easy-to-edit word documents empowering teachers to revise and modify the project plans. The plans include step-by-step instructions, links and references to learning standards addressed and links more helpful resources.

Additionally, in efforts to break down barriers to implementing innovative curriculum, the ADE Program is now offering DIY Grants (up to $1,000) to empower teachers to adapt and implement one of the DIY Guides. The DIY Grant application period is open between Nov. 3 and Dec. 4, 2015. Educators can find and apply for these grants on the ADE website.

Check out a brief summary of each of the four DIY Guides, click to learn more and learn how to apply for grants below.

53 Miles per Burrito” by ADE, Mike Wierusz

Mike_53-miles-per-burrito-(1).jpgStudents answer the question, “Can I ride 53 miles on a bicycle from the energy of a single burrito?” They must define their variables, collect their data, analyze their data, and present their results. By the end of the data collection, students should have all the information they need to design a burrito that would provide them with the exact caloric content necessary to ride 53 miles. Go to this DIY Guide to learn more about this project, download free project plan materials, view the interactive guided tour and apply for a grant to adapt and implement this project in your classroom.


“MAKEShift Poetry” by ADE, Scott Swaaley

Scott-Swaaley_MAKEShift-Poetry.jpgIn this project, students work in pairs to write a short poem that demonstrates understanding of figurative language. They then design and fabricate a mechanism that illustrates the meaning, theme, or concept of their poem. Go to this DIY Guide to learn more about this project, download free project plan materials, view the interactive guided tour and apply for a grant adapt and implement this project in your classroom.




“Design Learning” by ADE, Regan Drew

Regan-Drew_Design-Learning.jpgIn this project, students identify real-world problems, prototype user-centered design solutions, and implement those solutions according to expert and user feedback in this project. This process is segmented into the Mindset, Challenge, and Implementation phases. Go to this DIY Guide to learn more about this project, download free project plan materials, view the interactive guided tour and apply for a grant to adapt and implement this project in your classroom.



“52 Minute Challenge” by ADE Glenn Corey

Glenn-Corey-52-minute-challenge.jpgIn this project, students get 52 minutes to find a real problem on campus, document it, develop a solution, and prepare a market-based presentation to be given the following day. Go to this DIY Guide to learn more about this project, download free project plan materials, view the interactive guided tour and apply for a grant to adapt and implement this project in your classroom.




JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Teachers deserve meaningful networking opportunities. ADE knows that innovative teachers are seeking to connect with like-minded educators to discuss projects and share ideas. That’s why ADE invites and encourages teacher feedback! Please share how you plan to implement these innovative projects in your classroom. Connect with us at info@allendistinguishededucators.org or post a comment on one of the four DIY Guide pages via the comment box at the bottom of the page.


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