You know a product has great potential when it spans any age group. This last week I was fortunate to have the opportunity to do the Tower Activity in the context of creativity and construction with both our educators and students in our summer school program.
The Strawbees were donated by Strawbees directly to DENSI 2015 and several educators were able to take the kits home to use with their students. Our program also received some Strawbees from participating in Google Maker Camp.
I first learned about Strawbees when SP Design Lab was selected for an Instructable Build Night. It gave my students and me an opportunity to create and learn with Strawbees and Straws. Student creations were extremely clever and the activity made me realize how much I wanted to share this open ended creative product with other educators.
The perfect opportunity to share came with DENSI 2015 (Discovery Educators Network Summer Institute) which I was fortunate to be selected for. Kristy Vincent had brought the DENovator Faire to DENSI the previous year which was a big hit. I reached out to Strawbees to see if they would consider donating a kit to be used for exploration at DENovator Faire and below is the response that I received.
Can you say…. AMAZING? Erik responded the same day that I emailed him. I already loved Strawbees but knowing that the company itself is as amazing as the product was a wonderful discovery. Check out some of the creations from DENSI 2015 below.