At the beginning of this project (Maker Plan) I must say I was a bit lost and doubtful on whether or not I should stick to the target practice board I had in mind. But as I continued to follow through with it, I realized and remembered that there are so many schools that do not have the budget to purchase the new technological games/equipment that are now being incorporated into the world of physical education.
The budgets in the New York City school system are handled differently than the neighboring suburban school districts in Long Island, Westchester etc. There are other priorities in the NYC Department of Education which administrators feel are far more important than equipment for their physical education classes. This is why I was convinced that what I was working on for my project would be something that not only would benefit the students but the schools budget as well.
About a year ago as I went to observe a gym class in a school in queens. The teacher pulled me aside and showed me the equipment room. The room was full of sports balls, volleyball nets, cones and other miscellaneous items that had been purchased over 25 years ago. The teacher went on to tell me that many times she’s had to purchase some (not all) equipment to replace some of the aging equipment that was no longer useable out of her own pocket to benefit the kids.
The total amount spent on my project was close to $10 dollars, which were really spent to buy the proper sports balls. The items used/purchased are as followed:
– A piece of drywall (sheetrock) which was laying around my garage: $0
– White paint (extra paint laying around from previous home projects): $0
– Printed images from Google images and glued them onto the board: $0
– Sharpie marker: $0
– Drywall cutter: $0
– Nerf football: $5
– Nerf Baseball: $3
– Poster boards used for foot placement: $2
– The feeling of accomplishment: $PRICELESS$
It was so inexpensive to put this project together that could/will benefit many kids. As it may seem like a simple target practice, students would have to use their hand and eye coordination, their foot placement/positioning as well as hand placement for the various sports balls used.
On the video I not only show how I made the piece, but I also included a mini-demonstration on how it can be used as a physical education setting. If you have 3 of these boards set up you can simply teach a class and have the students engaged by giving them a reward for getting the ball through the targeted area or you can also give students an “E” effort. Rewards can range from simple items such as the instructor on a future class to a healthy snack.
Keeping students engaged and sticking to the fundamentals, as well as getting creative with limited resources the key ingredient to benefiting the students as well as the schools and their budget and getting the job done.
Lastly, I must say that I was quite excited that i compiled three separate videos and was able to work on some minor video editing as well as some other features.
Cheers to a great class!