October is Maker Month! Celebrate with Innovation Generation! 

During the month of October, we are partnering with Stanley Black & Decker once again to encourage students to explore creativity, design and connection through Innovation Generation, a program developed to ignite, engage and empower student makers. Through a number of activities and resources throughout the month and beyond, we will celebrate the maker spirit in all students! 

Maker Moments 

Join us during the month of October for Maker Moments, where we will be sharing live demonstrations of three new activities featured in the Innovation Generation program! We will be streaming these live demonstrations on the Discovery Education Facebook page and the recordings will be available on-demand to share with students in the classroom or as part of a virtual learning experience.  

 Thursday, October 1st at 1pm: Protective Design with Dr. Robert Corbin 

Thursday, October 15th at 1pm: Unexpectedly Upcycled with Pamela Inabinett 

Thursday, October 29th at 1pm: Kid-Start a Small Business with Brad Fountain 

During each session, viewers will also hear how an employee at Stanley Black & Decker has been inspired by their passion for making! Register today to receive reminders for each live event. 

Educator Webinar 

Tuesday, October 20th at 6pm with Dacia Jones 

Learn best practices, tips and tricks for inspiring makers through the resources featured in the Innovation Generation program. This webinar will take teachers through all of the activities, lessons and videos, demonstrating how they can be utilized for in-person and/or as part distance learning environments to provide students with hands-on STEAM learning experiences. 

Making for Good Student Challenge 

Great solutions stem from great ideas! The Making for Good Challenge encourages young makers in grades 9-12 across the nation to innovate with purpose. Now through January 28, 2021, students working individually or in teams of two to four, are invited to develop a unique product design solution that will help solve an environmental or societal problem in their home, school, community or the global population. To enter the challenge students must submit a 60-90 second video discussing their problem, demonstrating how the product can help solve it and reviewing their use of the 6-step engineering design process: ask, imaging, plan, create, test and improve. The firstplace winner receives a total $15,000! 

Parents can register students for the challenge at Innonvation-Gen.comand students can explore additional resources to help them organize, plan and brainstorm for challenge entries. 

Resources to Inspire Hands-on Exploration 

In addition to these makerinspired activities during OctoberInnovation Generation features a number of resources that will help bring STEAM to life for students in any learning environment, all year long. 

  • Additional classroom activities engage students in real-world challenges revolving around robotics and sustainability. Each standards-aligned activity features complete instructions, a materials list, all necessary handouts and additional links for supplemental learning. 
  • Featured career profile videos offer students first-hand exposure to a diverse group STEAM professionals working at Stanley Black & Decker. In each profile, the featured professional shares how they use STEAM skills every day, walking students through their path to success. Accompanying career connections provide greater detail about each profession, including required education, salary expectations and job outlook. 
  • The Concept & Create Virtual Field Trip transports students beyond their four walls and into a Stanley Black & Decker Makerspace where making and doing is a way of life. Working alongside the experts, students will be inspired to be agents of innovation, and will see and experience first-hand how math, science, technology, creativity and teamwork can lead to technological advancements in our everyday lives. 

Expose students to the power of making and doing during the month of October, and beyond!