National Volunteer Week Spotlights: EdExchange

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We love to celebrate our volunteers, volunteens and interns year round, but this week is particularly special as we celebrate National Volunteer Week at the Thinkery! National Volunteer Week is a celebration about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. In honor of National Volunteer Week we want to take a moment to say thank you to ALL of our volunteers. This week on the blog, we’ll be highlighting some of the great folks volunteering their time to the Thinkery.


 

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Cara at Tech Reach

We love our volunteers! We have been fortunate to have really skilled and helpful volunteers helping out with our drop-in program at Windsor Park Library.  With this program, we bring STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities out into the community.

“Recently we tasked a diverse group of students with a wide variety of ages, ability and skill level to build hovercrafts with re-purposed PC cooling fans. This activity is exciting and fun – but it also includes challenging steps to complete including prototyping and tweaking designs along the way.  Almost all participants ended up with working hovercrafts, an amazing feat considering that many of our students were well below the recommended age of 8-14. The success of this activity is thanks to fantastic help of our volunteers Scot and Cara. They are absolutely amazing facilitators who dove head first into the creative (and sometimes seemingly chaotic) experience to guide many kids through the activity. They are excellent mentors and an invaluable resource to our community!” – EdExchange staff

 

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