“Wow, that works!”
—Abby Ginn, Grade 8
It takes a curious mind and all the components of a Curious DIY Kit to get one big “WOW!” moment. Let’s take a further dive in all things DIY Kits!
A curious mind loves to explore and play—what happens if we move this component over here? What does this do? What is causing this part to light up and not the other? If you’re hearing these questions asked while putting together a DIY Kit then you’re doing it right! DIY Kits allow the mind of a true tinkerer to explore and then feel proud of a completed project. What comes in the box? First, the idea. Then, the concepts. The materials, of course. Lastly, the instructions that guide the student through problem-solving steps to create and finish the project.
According to a study by Dr. Matthias Gruber, “curiosity puts the brain in a state that allows it to learn and retain any kind of information, like a vortex that sucks in what you are motivated to learn, and also everything around it” (Edutopia). Curious minds are stronger, more robust minds. There’s a voice in all of us that wants to know about the what and why of things—how do things work? Our job is amplifying that voice loud enough so that every student can feel the joy of making a discovery on their own. There’s no better feeling than the sense of accomplishment that comes after problem-solving. That’s why our DIY Kit is the perfect tool for learning—it piques interest and sets the stage for a deeper understanding.
Let’s zoom in on the kit Abby is working on in the video above: Spectroscope!
Students first learn some fundamental physics regarding light and that a spectroscope is a scientific instrument used to observe and compare light spectrums produced by various light sources. A spectroscope has many scientific uses. For instance, on satellites like the Hubble Space Telescope, they’re used to determine the chemical compositions of stars. The student’s challenge is to make a DIY-style spectroscope and compare the light spectrums produced by various light sources so that they can observe the light in their own homes or classrooms. Discussion topics include “white light”, light spectrums, electromagnetic radiation and spectroscopes in technology. The instructional resources included in the kit explain how spectroscopes work and offer experiments to perform. Our goal is to help the student get curious about what light is and how it works. Then, they get to figure it out on their own by creating their very own tool. Curiosity helps foster learning in the most meaningful way and Curious DIY Kits is the best way to #GetCurious!