KidsTek Instructors Max Lewis and Kiki Andriani are thrilled to see students’ faces again, even if it is in a virtual space. In mid-September, KidsTek was able to begin doing after school enrichment again with elementary and middle schools through the COMPASS program in Aurora. The big focus for this session is FUN! Enrichment providers are aware that the students are spending a large part of their day on the computer already, and because of this, we want to create a space that is extra-relaxed and focused on playing games and connecting with one another.
KidsTek Instructor Max Lewis began with his middle schoolers from Aurora Hills on September 16th. Max said, “We are aware that remote schooling has its challenges, but we also have an opportunity to work on fun and engaging activities during this time. KidsTek not only teaches valuable tech skills, but also focuses on activities that can be virtually shared with classmates easily and in a safe environment. It’s so important to keep some sense of normalcy in an otherwise abnormal school year, and giving students a chance to interact with one another on fun projects is a big part of that formula.”
Kiki Andriani began by working with students at both Fulton Elementary and Vaughn Elementary schools to create their own Bitmoji avatar characters in order to introduce their interests and style to the rest of the class. Students will then create different environments for their avatars and display their creativity while building an atmosphere that reflects their interests.
One of the activities that has been the biggest hit with each of the classes is creating their own online mandala artwork. This has proven to be a great introduction activity at the beginning of class to give students a little time to decompress and be creative. If you would like to create one yourself, visit Just Mandala.