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Home Depot sent 15 employees from as far away as Newark, NJ to Shields Elementary School (Lewes, DE) on January 30th to support the school's first @MakerDads Night. Dads, Grand-Dads and other male role models were invited to spend a few hours working through 20 STEAM stations, but more importantly spending quality time with a parent or guardian. Check out the pics from the school's Facebook page.



Home Depot employees blew through the 200 kits I requested in the first hour as over 200 families showed up to actively engage in their child's education through MakerDads. 
The line was down the hallways for the (BreakoutEDU) Escape Room, station 17/20 MakerDads Father Engagement Stations set up at Shields ES.

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How does your school define and seek community partners?
What exactly does that mean here in 2018? What is possible? What's too much to ask? 

Today I'm sharing one example that can help your school ignite a maker culture across students and adults. The pictures say it all. Look from a kids lens. Parents lens. Community lens. Educators lens. There is a lot awesome right here!

























What can parents do next?
Sign up for your next Kids Workshop (always free / first Saturday of the month) at homedepot.com/kidsworkshop




Example of the email confirmation you receive when you RSVP
online as a parent for your child's upcoming Kids Workshop. 

What can educators do next? 

Add these Saturday Kids Workshops to the school calendar. The next one is happening Saturday, March 3, 2018. Make sure kids and families are aware. Add it to the iLAB or Makerspace calendar. Principals make an announcement over the loudspeaker and during the week of Friday, March 2nd to remind your community. Get the word out using the channels your families are already on (high and low tech)! 

Learn more about hosting a @MakerDads In-Residence at your school by completing this short form


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