It feels good when your work is recognized. As a FUSE facilitator you can give your students a boost by making sure there are plenty of ways that their work is displayed and shown off! By doing this you can really help students who aren't as engaged or are struggling to persist in three ways: 1) they'll want to make things that they are proud of 2) they might feel motivated by knowing that others will see their work and 3) they may be inspired to keep going by other student's projects.
Here are some ideas for how to do this:
- 3D Print Wall or Table. Make extra copies of 3D prints or have your students wait to take them home. Hang up all of the prints on a wall or place them on a table to show them off.
- Slideshow of artifacts. Many artifacts from FUSE challenges are pictures or videos. If you have a large display screen in your classroom you can download these images and videos from the FUSE website and run a slideshow during class.
- Mini Presentations. Ask students to choose one artifact that they are most proud of. Then have them talk through their work as a mini presentation to the class.
- Shout outs. At the end of class, pull up the activity feed from the dashboard on a display and give shout outs to all the students who have submitted work.
- Fail Fest. It can also be impactful to showcase unsuccessful projects. By doing this you can decrease your students' fear of failure and make students more comfortable asking others for help when they are struggling.
- Opt-in Contest. Holding an opt-in design contest is a great way to drive engagement in particular challenges as well as give students a chance to show off their work to their peers. Check out this great tweet from an Arizona FUSE facilitator who held a Beats Builder (formerly Ringtones)+Dance Move contest.