Recently, SWITCH (Salmon Public Library’s STEM programming) visited the Pioneer Elementary School 5th Grade class in their year commitment to a Power of Hour of STEM each and every day during their last hour. Having to contend with the sugar rush of Halloween, we decided to slow things down a bit and spend a little longer getting the results we were after.
First, we had them make their own stamps out of cork, cardboard, and foam cutouts. The hope was they would use these stamps to brighten up a few thank you cards that would make their way onto the Pork Peddler for allowing us to host Trivia Night there raising money for this cause.
Now we had stamps made, how can we utilize them in a new creative way? Youth are often coming in requesting, DogMan, Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, & Dork Diaries, so let’s connect their love of graphic novels with the art of storytelling. What if we had the students invent their own graphic novels with the constraints of them needing to use minimum of 3 stamps in order to help create their story?! After visiting and doing a bit of practice with theme, setting, tone, and characters we were ready for the final product. Swing by the library to check out these wonderful creations!