Stem Education with DIY Projects

Educational DIYs: Play while you Learn

What is a DIY?

Do It Yourself (“DIY”) is a creative & educational trend of building, modifying & repairing things These days the internet is flooded with thousands of Do-It-Yourself ideas for people of every age group & interest. It has taken over social media as well as the school curriculum.
For example DIY Remote Control Car, DIY Fidget Spinner, DIY Slime. DIY Fountain, etc.

Are DIYs educational for students?

Yes. A student or a person engaging in DIY Projects usually makes such things without the direct help of professionals hence it encourages exploration. Because DIY projects encourage students to be more creative & productive, many schools have started including certain DIY projects as a part of their curriculum.

Most such projects are in line with the syllabus of students hence giving them more practical knowledge in their field of studies. Hence, kids can learn & play with what they make. This is very important as well as entertaining for science enthusiasts & students. DIY is also a part of Stem Education which is gaining high popularity in all the countries.

What triggers the idea of DIY?

In terms of academic research, DIY is when individuals engage with raw or partially-raw materials to produce, modify, or reconstruct materials, including ones from the natural environment (like landscaping). The motivation for DIY can be triggered by various factors such as economic benefits, lack of product quality, lack of product availability, need for customization and identity enhancements like craftsmanship, empowerment, uniqueness, community seeking.

History of DIYs:

The term “do-it-yourself” has been into play since 1912 primarily for maintenance activities & home improvement. The phrase “do it yourself” came into common use by the 1950s, in reference to the rise of a trend of undertaking home improvement and various other small art & craft & construction projects as both cost-saving & a creative-recreational activity. Subsequently, the term DIY took a broader meaning including a wide range of skill sets.
Also, the ‘DIY’ has been associated with music culture- international alternative rock, punk rock, and indie rock music scenes, pirate radio stations, etc. So, DIY has been offering an alternative to modern consumer culture’s emphasis on relying on others to fulfill needs.

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