Badges are issued in two categories: Tools (Machines) and Pathways. The goal is to articulate opportunities for youth to pursue their interests and grow the skills in a diverse community.
Step One – Necessary before any other badges are issued
- Earn an Apprentice Badge
- Register at a local library
- Make five visits to a library maker space
- Sign in
- Follow protocol
- Understand the fundamentals of iteration
- Presently we have articulated Pathways in Programming, Wearables, Electronics, Coding, 3D Design and 2D Design. Students work their way–either independently, in a workshop or class–from Novice, to Apprentice to Journeyer and Mastery. More pathways will become available and students can chart their own path with the support of a coach or mentor.
- Apprentices enter a phase of exploration and skill building with substantial support from coaches. Self-guided practice and exploration with the aid of a coach, aided by mini-lessons, tutorials and other resources is expected. Collaboration with other Makers is strongly encouraged.
- Journeyer are still honing fundamentals but mostly work independently on self-directed projects. They can also coach others in their areas of expertise.
- Mastery level work is identified by its complexity and sophistication. Achieving Mastery acknowledges one is a key member of the Maker Community support, grow and evolve the network while continuing to iterate new ideas.
One who has achieved Mastery can:
- Execute a complex idea into a finished project and present to community
- Troubleshoot equipment, software, hardware and use materials efficiently
- Use multiple tools and mediums
- Consult with a mentor or colleagues
- Teach others to be Makers
- Express their own style by using particular approaches and technologies
- Integrate new technologies into the Maker Community
- List several career pathways connected to your work
Tool (Machine) Badges
- Tool badges have the specific purpose of verifying one’s ability to use a tool, machine, or other piece of “complex” equipment independently. The badge is earned by demonstrating proficiency.
- Tool badges entitle holders to access, with the support of a PVD Young Maker’s Coach or Librarian, that piece of equipment at any PVD library or partner organization.
- Tool badges are issued upon demonstrating proficiency.