This post is brought to you by Remake Learning Days and The Motherhood
Whenever I give presentations to PTAs and other parent groups about today’s digital parenting challenges, I remind them their child’s experiences with technology are preparing them to thrive in a world of constant change. I’m living proof that the job I have today is not one that existed 15 years ago. It’s also quite likely that the jobs, or fields, our children might work in don’t exist today.
In order to best prepare our kids for the future, we need to raise lifelong learners who are curious about the world around them. We want them to be able to use critical thinking skills to tackle challenges, be confident in their inner creativity, and know how to get along with different personalities.
It sounds like a daunting task but so many of the skills our kids need can be learned through STEM enrichment provided by free programs like Remake Learning Days Across America (RLDAA). RLDAA’s innovative experiences and opportunities help develop their sense of creativity, perseverance and curiosity but also serve as a way that family members can learn together.
About Remake Learning Days
The Remake Learning network began in Pittsburgh 10 years ago to help adults understand how the digital age has changed education and how to best prepare kids for the future. This year marks the fourth year of the Remake Learning Days, a festival featuring hands-on, engaging educational experiences for youth from pre-K through high school.
This festival of events is co-hosted by a variety of organizations, such as schools, museums, libraries, after school organizations, early child care centers, universities, media centers, tech startups, and more. These events are designed to be hands-on, relevant, and engaging educational experiences for kids of all ages and their families, caregivers and educators. The majority of events are free and open to all ages.
How to Find Local Remake Learning Days Events
What started as an event in one community now spans the country. This May RLDAA events are happening in nine regions including:
- Eastern Kentucky, April 12-20
- Knoxville, Tennessee, April 15-20
- Southwestern Pennsylvania, May 9-19
- Southeastern Pennsylvania, May 15-24
- West Virginia, May 9-19
- Chattanooga, Tennessee, May 11-18
- Chicago, IL, May 16-19
- Triangle Region (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill), North Carolina, May 17-18
- Northeast Ohio, May 15-19
Families and youth in each region can search events by date/time, location, learning theme, age group (pre-K through high school) and more.
Events in each region are organized by different learning themes that include:
- Arts— Hands-on learning and expression through all kinds of art including: theatre, dance, visual art, music, photography, and more!
- Making— Taking things apart and putting it back together. Tinker, build, and create with all kinds of materials. Try a 3D printer, take apart a toy to see what’s inside and then rebuild it, or create a marshmallow tower!
- Outdoor Learning— Experiencing and learning about the natural world. How can we think about the environment, sustainability, and more by exploring our very own back yards?
- Science— This theme is all about experimentation where kids and adults can explore chemistry, biology, geography and more. How does our world work? What can we test and explore in the world around us?
- Technology— Explore their digital world allows kids to try coding, build robots, and learn circuitry. Technology events are designed to aid in the discovery of new things.
- Youth Voice— This topic focuses on youth leadership and amplifying youth voice. Youth have the ability to express themselves in so many ways such as: through audio, video, art, music, and more. Youth voice-related events highlight how youth express themselves in their own ways.
- For traditional and non-traditional educators, credited and non-credited professional development featuring STEAM-inspired learning is offered by various organizations.
There are also Professional Development sessions for school, out-of-school, child care and non-traditional educators.
Through national partnerships with PBS and Digital Promise, RDLAA is an organization that aims to close the digital learning gap through engaging educational experiences for youth from pre-K through high school.
This post is brought to you by Remake Learning Days and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.