My last (Pre-pandemic) March is for Making series had a "Know Your Why" theme.
I loved reflecting on the "WHY" questions during that series. As I look for a theme for this year's March is for Making series, the following theme seems to surface - A CATCHALL DRAWER where a mishmash of useful 'things' end up until you can figure out where they should go.
During this pandemic pause two things have surfaced -
(2) The need for flexibility and for paying attention to cues that we need to "monitor and adjust" continues to be important - even as we (hopefully) move past the Covid 19 pandemic.
So I think a CATCHALL theme fits for 2022.
On Day 4 of this 2022 March is for Making series, I got an email from a school I had recently worked with that asked
" I am new to the Cricut but I did end up purchasing a machine . . . I was just trying to figure out some supplies that we will need. I have bought some things myself but this stuff adds up fast. If you have any suggestions I would appreciate it."
After crafting a long email with ideas, I realized others might have the same question.
While I realize that the ideal sequence is to have your "WHY figured out" and to "Purchase what you need to fulfill that WHY". But there are times when things don't happen in the optimal order and you just follow your gut.
An entry level tool like an electronic cutter can be purchased for under $200 these days - Which makes it easier to pick up with some "surplus" funds or from a PTO mini grant or other funding sources.
So the first question becomes - Is an electronic cutter worth getting for your class/room or school makerspace? But we all know the cost of a RAZOR is significantly cheaper than the cost of a pack of the related consumables - Razor blades.
Of course it all depends on your WHY - but from what I've experienced, this is a worthwhile investment EVEN if it means there will be a consumables cost that follows.
But let me return to the question that was emailed to me - "What are your suggestions for supplies I might need"
Here is my answer. (Hope it is helpful to others)
"How might we become a green school and reduce waste"
It can also be used with DESIGN THINKING framework. Who are you designing for? Interview them, come up with a unique design that could include their NAME (or not) and an ICON from the Noun Project.