Remix, Remake, Curate

Learning with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Tar River Writing Project, & The Poetry Project

Make Cycle 2 Wrap Up: Bug Body Hack

The posts just keep coming in! We hope to see them continue, but since it has been three weeks since we began our Bug Body Hack, we want to take a moments to celebrate the awesome creations our participants have made!  We encourage you to keep making, hacking, sharing, connecting, commenting, and reflecting, and we encourage you to continue learning or thinking about something that you haven’t noticed or considered before– something about poetry, insects, making, the natural world, or learning in a diverse, open online community.

We started this make cycle by asking participants to use this handy chart to create a bug of their own using any found materials that they wanted to use. After viewing a couple of videos, we began by hosting an incredible Google Hangout with Dr. Colin Brammer, an entomologist with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  In case you missed it, you can view the hangout here:

The hangout inspired us to get going and create some very interesting arthropods.  Although we focused on insects and spiders, some participants created and wrote about centipedes that played basketball or scorpions that lost legs!  Although they were all amazing, a few highlights from our Google+ Community can be seen below:

        • First Graders Jack, Caleb, and Alyssa posted about their arthropods on our G+ Community. They used a tree map to help them get their stories going but were excited to take the story wherever they wanted it to take them and boy did it take them places!
        • Kalyssa Ortiz created a centipede named Charlie and wrote a book about Charlie and his friend Tabitha.
        • Mydiso AskewMoore created a video of her pop-up book about her hacked bug Jugnu the firefly.
        • Our friends at the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) annual meeting in Montreal last week made bugs from leaves gathered from the sidewalks around the conference center and remixed the cycles with some dialogic poems and some awesome rhythm circles. See more in this Storify summary.


We we rolling on the floor laughing at our bug personification ideas during our Twitter chat on October 15th.  You can read some of our poetic contributions by checking out our Storify summary of the chat. Feel free to “steal” some of these ideas for a story of your own!

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. Hack an arthropod body and take it to the next level with circuitry or a motor, record student poetry or stories, 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 #inatsci if you’re continuing to hack bug bodies or #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.

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Coming up

You are more than welcome to continue hacking or creating bug bodies, writing stories or poetry about your bugs, or even remixing Make Cycle 1 and 2 and sharing them in our G+ community at any time!  Feel free to jump in on this cycle if you are new or just keep going with it.  Be on the lookout for new programming coming in April 2016 during!  We hope you’ll explore DNA Life-Making Code along with HTML coding and web making with us then.

Finally, thanks for participating in our Bugfest make cycles!  We are thrilled with the response and the content you have created throughout both cycles and the way several participants are mixing them together. We are more motivated than ever to continue to find ways to explore the intersections between science, writing, and art thanks to your creative contributions!

Make Cycle 2 Facilitators,

Kaytee Smith, Colin Brammer, Rebecca Bulvanoski, Jha’Mai Milindez, and Debra Pagona

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