Formal education isn’t the most appealing way to open up the world of curiosity and learning for those who require a more fluid form of engaging with the world. DIY.org has has created a solution that offers children an opportunity to learn skills based on an occupation by completing projects and is described as, “The School We Wish We Had.” As of now, it has over 100 occupations to choose from, including astronomer, gardener, open sourcerer, and weaver.
Membership is free but paid memberships earn awesome embroidered patches (or can be purchased otherwise) for an occupation after completing certain challenges and additional perks. I took a peek at the challenges for astronomer and it includes ‘Protect Earth from Asteroids’ and ‘Make a Telescope.’ Yep, my elementary school self would have been into that (and my present self, to be honest).
DIY.org provides an exciting platform and community in a creative online learning environment that allows children to contribute and connect with the world. Just as important, it makes sure having fun is a part of the process.
Alas, their programs are only available for those that are 17 years old an under (as well as parents and educators) so us adults will have to make do with Skillshare and the like.