Wow! Our first make cycle is almost over! It’s been a fun two weeks and we’ve enjoyed seeing all of the great content you all have created during our cycle. We had some interesting weather that meant that the insects and other creatures coming to lights varied quite a lot during the last two weeks, but that’s part of what makes science interesting and exciting! Things change over time and it’s fun to be able to see that change first hand.
In case you missed it, we asked people to turn on a light at night and make some observations about what they saw and draw their favorite of the insects they saw. Participants then wrote poems (we focused on dialogic, or two voice, poems for this cycle) about their observations. We had some great responses! These are some of our favorites from our G+ community:
- Chelse Lassiter did a superb drawing of a moth. The detail on this one was impressive!
- David Greenwell shared an awesome poem performed with two voices that focused on one of the tiny moths that are common at lights in our area, but people rarely pay attention to.
- Jennifer Smyth’s students used an activity from one of last year’s make cycles and shared a video of an awesome insect-themed cipher circle (also called a rhythm circle). It sounds completely chaotic and crazy, but so fun!
- Abigail Jones shared a wonderful audio recording of her poem about a conversation between a ladybug and a longhorn beetle.
- Johnita Mitchell posted a hugely entertaining performance of her poem about a ladybug and a spider. The hand gestures and facial expressions make this one so fun to watch!
- Lawson Marsh shared a great drawing of a moth with the group early in the make cycle. Lots of great detail in this one!
- Breanna Alligood gave a live performance on our Google Hangout of her insightful poem that she wrote about the complex interactions between bugs and humans.
We had a great Twitter chat on September 24th that saw a lot of people contributing to the discussion. You can review the conversation by checking out our Storify summary of the chat.
And just today we discussed porch light insects, poetry, and science communication in our Google Hangout! If you missed it, you can watch the Hangout here:
As a reminder, here are some places to share and connect:
- Join our Google+ Community, Remix, Remake, Curate. Post your thoughts, questions, ideas, and especially your young people’s work here. Record student poetry, share their experiments, let them see what other kids are doing, and share feedback to their work.
- On Twitter, we encourage you to follow and use the #imakesci hashtag. Keep using #icitsci if you’re continuing to visit your porch light and make observations and/or poetry.
- If you have a blog, you can make and create in your own digital space and share to the community on Twitter with the #imakesci hashtag or the G+ community Remix, Remake, Curate.
For More Info
- Read our Remix, Remake, Curate About page.
- Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.
- Learn more about the Tar River Writing Project, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and The Poetry Project.
- Explore the National Writing Project’s Digital Is site for ways to connect digital media with writing and learning.
- Reach out to us with questions or suggestions in the G+ Community.
You are more than welcome to continue visiting your porch lights, writing poetry about the things you see, and sharing them in our G+ community at any time! We’d love for anyone who got excited about this make cycle to keep going with it. However, next week we’re moving on to make cycle 2. In it, you will examine the differences between spiders and insects. If you participate in this make cycle, you’ll be able to take a lot of what you learned and observed into the next two weeks.
Thanks for participating in our first make cycle! We are thrilled with the response and the content you have created throughout this cycle. It was a real pleasure interacting with you all and we hope that you learned some exciting and interesting things as you explored the intersections between science, writing, and art with us!
Make Cycle 1 Facilitators