While digging in a broken printer we found so many fascinating things: tiny screws, hollow white tubes that look like little bones, plastic numbers, circuit boards that look like tiny cities, colored wire, and so much more. We used real tools including screw drivers and pliers to take it apart. We sorted the materials into little jars to keep in the studio and use in our art and construction projects as part of our Remida Project. Projects like this one provide students the opportunity to do something that they cannot otherwise do at home. Here at school, we carefully supervise projects like this, making sure that an adult removes anything potentially harmful or dangerous. We help children properly use screwdrivers and pliers so that nothing is bashed and broken (inside the printer or little fingers!).
Sometimes the best materials are the most difficult to get. A typewriter is something that these children have not seen before, which makes all of us adults feel really old!