Closing the rolling door availabilty

This week was the start of 3D Printing…and one of the first assignments where the kids get A LOT of autonomy.

After an initial lecture and a quick prescribed task of making a keychain — giving them specific measurements (so everyone’s was the same), the kids were set free to make whatever they would like to 3D printing with the parameter that it needed to have a ledge, clip, or clamp that attached to the table…so it could be a cup holder, a pen holder, ear bud holder, a purse hook…whatever they liked.  I would have thought they would have loved the creative freedom, but may “rebelled” asking me to dictate what their specs should be OR ask me to draw them something to replicate.

I asssssume the mojo was off because for MANY of my participants they have been gone for a full week of Spring Break.

— side note: never scheduling programming during Spring/Fall Break again….

But my kids were just not coming in as their usual creative selves this week.  I even had some literally sleeping at their desks and/or whining about having to do any “work.”  The other issue is this rolling entrance of participants.  We start at 4:30, do housekeeping up til 4:45-4:50, then a bathroom break, then on to the respective studio.  But all this week students were rolling in anywhere from 4:30 till 6pm!  I was soooo frustrated as I kept having to restate what I had just taught a few minutes ago…giving the other students a disadvantage because it often took a longer amount of time to get the late comers up to snuff that it was to help the kids who came on time.

My new point of order — and self prescribed solution — no more late entry.  This program has been rolling for MONTHS…and they should have their schedule figured out by now to get in or back at the correct time.  And it is unprofessional and discourteous to their fellow students to reset the clock whenever they come late.  And honestly, for woods and laser cutting — the most (possibly) “dangerous” studios it is imperative to pay attention, have all the information, AND be ultimately prepared.

My thought is to send on a “reminder” on Monday to parents and participants about this “reiteration” of the rules…

I am just a bit perturbed that close to half of my kids are not seeing the “value” of this…while adult makers in the space are DROOLING over the programming, structure, and opportunities these teens are not taking full advantage of.  I know often the cliche is “if I can get through to JUST ONE kid it would be worth it!” — I feel like that isn’t true for me…I want them ALL to get it and it hurts that close to half are not.  I get that is actually “good” numbers, but I don’t feel ok with accepting only HALF “success.”


Because as it stands right now…the breakdown is this —

  • Memberships for full access to OpenWorks and it’s studios ranges from $70-$125… x5months of programming (on average) = $500 in tuition
  • PLUS our $12 per day (per student) for supplies (twice a week for 16 weeks) =$400
  • PLUS snacks provided
  • PLUS certification classes $65 each (x5 studios) = $325
  • SUBTOTAL = $1225 per student for the semester
  • If we include the wages for the instructors…($25/hour x 3 hours x 2 sections x 2 times a week) =$4800 — so $300 per student
  • TOTAL = $1525

I don’t know if some of my teens know that “value” in the short or the long term…but I also question giving them an itemized receipt is the best course of action either (money shaming). UGH! Not sure the best course of action….