Whenever we here at Gangplank Jr receive feedback, it always seems the most common request is for more fire.
Well, we heard the cry and answered the call with a flameworking class.
Glass artist Laurie Nessel provided a live demonstration on how to shape glass beads using a propane torch. Children were invited to ‘pull stringers’, which involves putting a glass rod in the flame, then pulling the ends apart while rolling the ends. This makes a thinner rod which is then used to decorate the beads.
Children aged 9 and over where then permitted to try their hand at making a bead, which meant heating the end of a glass rod and then attaching it to the ceramic holder to shape.
If you weren’t able to make the event, Laurie also teaches classes through the Mesa Arts Center, as well as private lessons.
The first story workshop in 2010, which resulted in stories of candy and dinosaurs, was such a success that we have planned another for this Saturday, January 22nd at 2:00pm.
Kids will learn basic story mechanics, then collaborate with one another to write a story. This activity is suggested for ages 6+. Materials will be provided at the workshop.
Bring your outrageous ideas and big dreams to share! RSVP on the Facebook page.
Talk about starting the year off right. More than 20 parents attended the Gangplank Jr 2011 Kickoff, providing valuable feedback and ideas that will drive our programming this year.
The meeting began with Gangplank Executive Director Derek Neighbors providing background on the organization, as well as how Gangplank Jr fits into the larger vision of Gangplank as a whole. Gangplank began as a place for adults to break out of the traditional corporate sphere, challenging themselves to learn new skills and collaborate with one another. As that concept grew, it became apparent those ideals needed to start being taught much younger, as the state of education continues to decline. Gangplank Jr offers an opportunity for kids to explore, be creative, and most importantly, fail in world that increasingly bars them from those experiences.
A recap of 2010 events followed, along with a discussion on what types of programs parents would like to see in 2011. Afterward Mike Benner, Gangplank Jr initiative leader for 2011, shared his goals for the year. Both the feedback and goals can be found at the bottom of this post.
The evening closed with a description of volunteer opportunities for parents. As the organization continues to grow, Gangplank Jr will rely on parent involvement to maintain structure and communicate effectively with its members. If you are interested in reading more about current volunteer opportunities, visit our Volunteer page and fill out an interest form. Please keep in mind we need parents not only for leadership roles, but also to help out with single events. If you have expertise in an area listed within our ideas or goals section below, please contact us.
A huge thanks to all the parents that took time out of their busy schedules to attend. We are blown away by the level of participation we’ve seen right off the bat and are excited to get cracking!
Big thanks to Floridino’s and Jeff Weninger for donating food for the evening.
- Learning to/from Fail
- Basic Mechanics – car, house, “handyman”
- Glass Fusing
- “Take Apart Box”/Break Down Day
- Manga/Comic Create/Go Animate
- Ice Skating/Roller Skating
- Hiking/Rock Climbing
- Adventure Racing
- Tech+Art (ie claymation)
- Creative Writing
- First Aid/Safety
- Bullying/Self Defense
- Orange Picking for the Food Bank
- Local Orphanage Tour
- Financial planning
- Music appreciation
- Full robotics curriculum for FIRST LEGO League
- GP Jr Camp during school break
- Highschool internship/shadowing program with Gangplank anchors
- Tutoring/mentoring program
- At least two Gangplank Jr events per month
- DangerScouts / Monthly Big Events, not weekly little events / Badges
- Diversify activities (Art, design, video, tech)
- Track membership
- Work with GP Health for more kid’s health activities
- Movie and Game Night (family night/open house)
- Work with under privileged groups and orphanages
- Contests (best game, design, art)
Science has never been so…messy. Sure, the science fair at school may have you build a volcano to show chemical reactions, but it has to LOOK like a volcano. At our ‘Turn up the heat – science style!’, participants were given markers and food coloring to design the volcano of their dreams, as well as display how vinegar and baking soda interact with each other. We also added dishing washing soap to create a more viscous, slow-moving lava flow.
Check out the video of the kid’s volcanoes erupting and join us for our next Gangplank Junior event on December 5th, 2010.