• Dot Day across borders

    September 15, 2018 as part of the International Dot Day initiative by the

    Reynolds Center for Learning and Creativity.

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    Sharing Creativity Across Borders

    Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States, Mexico

  • e-Services and technologies

    Our focus is to bring quality international educational opportunities to Pakistan and to support and develop local educational opportunities /Institutions.

    Karachi, Pakistan

    Kids from Pakistan making their mark and connecting the dots with friends from

    Zimbabwe, Portugal and UK

    From the beginning of the session kids made it clear that we will have two groups.

    The boys decided to make a monster that was unleashed by a mean king who was destroying the other Kingdom. The monster ate the king and his army and in the end a hero destroyed the monster and become the king.
    The girls made an apple laptop. They were inspired by our zoom connection so they decided to make one for themselves. It was such a neat idea to use the toy box as a screen and convert the butter box into mouse.

  • The Maker Club

    The Maker Club is a platform created to enrich minds, unlock creativity and build Makers by helping young people take an active role in creating the future they desire to see.

    Harare, Zimbabwe

    Overcoming the sea of life through teamwork/

    Safe water and sanitation against national cholera outbreak

    As the Zimbabwe facilitators, we learnt that we often underestimate the depth to which young people think through topical issues. Whilst one of our Dot Day teams created a piece titled “Overcoming the sea of life through teamwork” the other developed a collaborative piece that addressed the need for safe water and sanitation against the very real background of a national cholera outbreak. The participants worked well in communicating how to combine their individual ideas into meaningful team creations. They had fun as they explored materials and repurposed them. Egg crates were turned into staircases, cardboard cores into towers, plastic bottles into water tanks and beads into amazing jewels! The highlight was meeting young people from across the globe and learning that children everywhere love pizza!

  • Quanticopia

    Dedicated to shifting mindsets. Failure is fun. Creative skills are success skills.

    York, United Kingdom

    Teamwork is combining interests and communicating ideas.

    After we read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, the participants wanted to start working immediately with the materials. They didn't want to stop for a snack and finally finished their individual Mark Masterpieces just 50 minutes before their presentation time to Portugal, Mexico and USA. The seven participants in England started their Team Creation by brainstorming favourite books, games and interests. The common theme was Mario Kart, aliens and space. They decided to create the surface of the moon complete with craters and mountains where a Mario Kart car would be driven by an alien. they divided into three teams and assigned themselves tasks. They did a superb job communicating between the teams and working under the pressure of only 40 minutes to finish their Team Creation.

  • Torrance Center

    Our mission is to help all people access creative, critical and entrepreneurial thinking tools to consciously create a positive and sustainable impact.

    Lisbon, Portugal

    Believe in yourself!

    Each participant of the team in Portugal presented his individual creation explaining what they did, why and what their interests are. They decided then to link all this information with the book. They choose their favourite material and gave a meaning to each part of the creation.

    “At Dot Day we did a construction that represents the story of The Dot and expresses the main message of the book. We use a box, yarn, beads, elastics and pompons. On the box it is written, "Believe in yourself!" On the top of the box there is the main character of the book, Vashti. Ribbons are coming out of the box. Dark ribbons represent the people who do not believe in themselves and the clear and colorful ribbons represent the people who believe in themselves. The beads are the mark (The Dot) of each person. The braid symbolizes the union between the light and dark ribbons meaning that they have talked and understood each other and so all believe in themselves. The big pompom at the bottom represents the great dot that people who collaborate are able to do.”

    Adriano, Afonso, Clara, Hugo, Joana e Pedro Henrique

  • Janet's Planet

    Janet's Planet travels at the speed of thought and orbits around art and science mentoring for 3rd-5th graders!

    Tennessee, USA

    Humans in the U.S. Making Our Mark with Friends Across Borders

    Whitsett Elementary has been given the title of an Environmental Education STEAM school. With that name and edict, we decided that during Dot Day after reading the book and seeing what the UK and Portugal had created that we would go outside on a nature walk and see if NATURE might inspire the 'mark' we wanted to make. Students found a skull along the creek bed, that has now been identified as the remains of a mountain lion. Jose and his fellow classmate incorporated that into their 'path of following their dreams,' and their collaborative work. 3 female students working together, spearheaded by their leader Maryanne, used sticks and twigs and painted their canvas green to symbolize that we must 'make our mark' by taking care of our natural world.  For others mixing media, like Mariany and Cole, enjoying the process of making the art was their way of enjoying 'Dot Day.' For another, he found his way of making his 'mark' was in the way he decorated his t-shirt that I had made all of them.  

    The best comments from participating  were "Wow they are really good at art!" "They look just like us!" "They speak English too?" "I wish we could do this again next Saturday!"

  • Nezaldi

    Dedicated to the development of autonomous human beings, consciously happy and socially responsible.

    Monterrey, Mexico

  • Stats at a glance

    See the impact made!

    12,000km

    Distance ideas traveled

    61

    Students saw your work

    6

    Countries participated

    5

    Time zones

    70

    Video chat minutes

  • dot day across borders focus

    Make your mark, Pay it forward, Have fun

    Learning Outcomes

    Spatial awareness

    Material/medium awareness

    Scientific concept of balance

    Artistic concept of balance

    Engineering concept of 3D design

    Linguistic concept of meaning through art

    Teamwork/collaboration

    Growth Mindset

    Documentation skills

    Countries Involved

    Pakistan

    Zimbabwe

    Portugal

    UK

    USA

    Mexico

     

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