Curious DIY Kits: Spark Some Curiosity!

How Curiosity Leads to Deeper Learning

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!

You Can’t Wear Fun

Make Some Fun with Us, Please! 

 

For over five years Curious-on-Hudson has taken things apart, built things up, explored, exploded and wandered…we know what’s fun. I guess you could say that is our biggest accomplishment and we’re not ashamed to say it: YAY! We know what fun looks like.  From STEAM Camps to workshops to Spring Break….to Tinkerers and Makers and more: Fun is not what we give you – it’s what you make happen here. 

Let’s repeat that:  We can’t make you wear fun because FUN is what YOU MAKE HAPPEN.  And we’d sure like it if you make it here.

It (fun) looks like the kids we serve. It looks like their faces when they DELIGHT in what they’ve done. Or what they’re working on. Or the fact that they just can’t stop doing it, even when it is time to go home. They cannot stop having the fun, the pure joy, the delight of finding themselves in what they are doing.

And that’s what we’re proud of. Not expensive equipment. Not trendy buzz words. Not things you’ll learn today and forget tomorrow. We build you up, from the inside out – not the other way around.

So, when camps say we promise you a “fun-filled” summer, we think, “we promise to help you make a fun-filled summer for yourself.” Because if we just try and stick it on you the way you’d wear a sticker, well…it just won’t stick.

We’re proud of who we are and we are proud of all that you do for us.  Thank you.

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