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Are you a member of DIY.org? Answered

Are you, or your child(ren), a member of DIY.org?

If so, what do you think of it?
  • Is it much of a community? 
  • How many badges have you earned? 
  • How many projects did you do to earn a badge?
  • What do you think of the range of badges?

Any other comments?

Do you know of any similar sites?

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ekeagle
ekeagle

5 years ago

It'll be nice if they allowed adults and worked with openbadges.org

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sherrycayheyhey
sherrycayheyhey

7 years ago

I was asked to stop using the site because I'm an adult and my projects were too good. Yet they featured most that I submitted.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 7 years ago

Haha, I've shared a few emails with them now - you can join as an adult if a child of yours has joined, but the child has to post the projects, not the parent.

They are planning on making it usable for teachers, though.

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sherrycayheyhey
sherrycayheyhey

Reply 7 years ago

So I'm being penalized for not having offspring? I hope that business model works out for them.

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Moem
Moem

Reply 7 years ago

So I'm being penalized for not having offspring?

Someone near me offers behaviour training for dogs. Am I being penalised for not owning a dog?
No. I'm just not the intended customer of a service that's being offered. That's all.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 7 years ago

Since that was their intent all along, I guess it does.

I guess it doesn't stop you borrowing a friend's child to join? There's precedent for mentoring young Makers, after all.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 7 years ago

I was asked to stop using this site because I'm an adult and my projects were too good. Yet they featured most that I submitted.

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lemonie
lemonie

7 years ago

It looks "safe & spam-proof", the bit of content I poked looked OK and the recommended app' is free.
Looks a bit "early" though.

L

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 7 years ago

It's more the format I'm considering, along with Caiylinsdad's suggestion of Adafruit's patches.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 7 years ago

I disagree with tokenism, the achievement is the reward. If it's Scout-badges, you at least have something tangible which enhances the uniform, internet-gongs are intrinsically worthless. I do understand that exam-grades are an important part of your life.

L

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 7 years ago

You can't argue with this... What's not to like?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 7 years ago

Oh...

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 7 years ago

We get those upon achieving 10th level Maker at our Church of Kitemantology.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 7 years ago

I'd chortle, but you know me and churches...

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 7 years ago

You need to attend chortle practice more often, Sundays bright and early.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 7 years ago

Haha, "bright and early" rarely features on a Sunday, chez Kite.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 7 years ago

Ah, now a missing piece of information is that my colleague in the textiles department has a programmable embroidery machine, so I should be able to award actual patches.

Although, as I type, I wonder if laser-cut tags for a key-ring might be more use, since they cannot sew patches to their uniforms, but they can put key-rings on their locker-keys...

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porcupinemamma
porcupinemamma

7 years ago

I think by poking around that site, I came upon an excellent story about a very neat, cool 9 year old boy, who started his own business called "Caine's Arcade." There is a flash-mob seguay (Look up on youtube) to the story, and then another link, which I have posted http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b9zVK0pi7Y

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porcupinemamma
porcupinemamma

7 years ago

haven't heard of it. I am an Instructables groupie

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 7 years ago

It's an interesting concept; "hacker scouts".

You make stuff, and earn badges, but only if you're a kid. I'm thinking of using the format at school.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 7 years ago

Oh, thanks!