The Hive Mozilla Youth Ambassador training theme of the day today was facilitation- aka Hack Jam 101. Although the thought of running an event can be daunting- our team was up for the challenge. Today was the third session in our training series.
The first thing that we did today- was discuss the upcoming hack jams that the MoYo Ambassadors will help facilitate. First, on Monday we will be running a hack jam for their peers at Mouse- and then later in the year they will be helping TASC with several after school programs.
We started the training by reviewing the 5 steps to running a hack jam for youth, which is part of the recently launched Hacktivity Kit.
The 5 steps guide readers from preparation to facilitation of an event for youth using the Hackasaurus tools. The team was quick to note that a hack jam- is like a music jam session- where participants could riff off of eachother’s work!
We then reviewed the logistics for the event on Monday.
We looked at the event space and came up with several solutions for creating a maker space where participants can work in the “open”.
We also brainstormed and came up with a theme for our event- called “Hacking the Holidays.” Our team quickly noted that we covered a lot of things in our two workshops, so we decided to simplify our hack jam by only covering hacking (not getting into webmaking). We came up with a list of learning objectives for the 2 hour event:
The group then set to work. The first order of business was coming up with a good ice breaker to communicate what we mean when we say “hack”. We played a game that Chloe Varelidi and I modded for the Media, Freedom and the Web festival. Each participant got 3 cards- a Goal, Mechanic and Concept card. The goal and concept cards were filled out in advance but the youth came up with the concept for the final activity.
Everyone came up with pretty creative solutions including a tweet game- where users had to Hack a Tweet and a game where participants were presented with a problem in a photograph and had to edit the photo to in order to save the day. Ultimately- the group decided to go with a dance battle game for the jam at Mouse.
We then took some time to come up with an event plan for the jam. We came up with an agenda, and assigned roles:
We then paired off an practiced talking to each other about the project. I then challenged everyone to make videos of their pitches on the topic of What is Hackasaurus and Why is it Important to Code. (Check out the videos in the previous posts on this blog!- they are fantastic)
Finally, we walked through everyone’s roles for Monday and talked about what to do when troubleshooting. It was a great day and I know we all are looking forward to their first event on Monday.