2013-11-21

Co.Exist

DIY Is Giving Kids The Tools To Be Creative, One Internet Challenge At A Time

By giving kids tasks (and the respect to think they can complete them), this learning site is using the Internet to impart skills and new ways of thinking to the younger generation.

Kids these days. Spending all their time on their phones, tweeting nonsense and taking selfies. But what if the old curmudgeons in our society aren't right? What if kids are actually using the Internet to better themselves? The ones on DIY.org, a site that gives kids challenges to help them learn new skills, certainly are.

In this video, part of a series that Collaborative Fund (who we've worked with before) has commissioned about some of their portfolio companies, cofounders Isiah Saxton and Zach Klein explain how DIY is helping to activate kids' abilities and imaginations.

Dissecting an owl pellet, from one of the videos of a DIY project.

The site works by picking a theme and then using it to help kids expand their skills: "For the wind-engineer skill, the first challenge is to make a kite," says Saxton. "The final challenge might be make a wind turbine. We structure the challenges so that we go from something that you can dabble in during the afternoon to something that is actually like a thesis project."

The idea is that the Internet can be a place where kids get empowered, rather than just waste time. Says Klein: "I felt that there was an opportunity to create a new organization that inspired kids and treated kids like adults and gave them responsibility and gave them lots of tools to be powerful and creative."

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  • Diane Massad

    kids need nurturing to develop basic motor moves in order to lead them to that "I Can Do That!" confidence on the playgrounds of their youth and then throughout their lives! Simple foundational tasks----> mastered....progressively: one foot hop three one-foot hops and then a BIG HOP high! Yeah! If you are teaching, try the Kidskills Movement and Sports Training Manuals.