Remix, Remake, Curate

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

Make Cycle 4 Wrap Up

Looks like it’s time for TRWP Connect to wrap up Make Cycle 4 and wrap up another year skidding through the intersections between poetry and science. That doesn’t mean it’s time to lock up your microscopes and pencils; it just means it’s time for you to level up in your own time, in your own way. So good luck with that.

Our Coding Experience

We spent the beginning of April discovering how so much of our existence is encoded in microscopic strands of DNA. We finished out the month writing a little code of our own. (Take that, DNA!)

On April 25, Mozilla’s Chad Sansing talked with us about the value of learning to write computer code and the steps Make the Web is taking to help people empower themselves in digital spaces.

But before we were ready to dig into html, we thought about codes as tools for encryption. Jennifer Smyth’s students populated a digital landscape with their names coded in binary with Legos, while Taylor Lucas hosted a bead coding hack jam and Suzanne Moses challenged our decoding skills with a wingdings-encrypted message.

We also toyed with the idea of poetry as code. Josephus Thompson from The Writing Project treated us to a video about hacking haikus. Rob Puckett’s students hacked sites with Thimble to create their own Earth Day poems, as Ashley Hutchinson’s students captured themes from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in six-word poems.

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All of this–all of these intersections between poetry and science–beg us to keep moving, keep making. They ask us to be careful observers of the microscopic and the macroscopic worlds we live in. They ask us to study. To dig deeper. To know more. And to keep making meaning we can share with others.

Keep on posting your ideas, comments and makes in the G+ Community, and apply for the badges below to recognize the learning and making you did this academic year. Go to Credly, create a free account, and use the indiclaim codes to apply. Upload a picture, a video, a file, or a link to something you made during each make cycle to earn them all!

We hope to see you again next year! In the meantime, contact Stephanie West-Puckett with questions, comments, or ideas of how you, too, can get involved!

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Author: flinchm

I am an instructional coach at J.H. Rose High School in North Carolina. I went to James Madison University and East Carolina University and taught high school English, along with some college English. I also teach a composition pedagogy course for future English teachers at ECU.

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