DIYPlanetWalk will be a free, Open Source multi-platform game app that lets you set a distance you want to walk, and then experience aural or multimedia, planet-by-planet notifications as you traverse the Solar System and other Wonders of the Universe.
Based on proportionately-calculated GPS location, it's Dr. Who meets Dr. How Far on a #DIYPlanetWalk.
Use it solo to add a creative new experience to your daily exercise routine.
Citizen Science meets Personalized Performance Art as you select from the growing collection of educational, artistic, and just plain fun multimedia #PlanetWalkStop experiences contributed by professional scientists, creative artists, and you – our community members.
#DIYPlanetWalk's sun will shine brightest when used to host creative social events. Our Mapillary-based OpenStreetMap app will have Group Event features to help you layout, promote, and game-ify your group's #DIYPlanetWalk event.
Step 1. Find Kindred Spirits among the #Play2Learn Pacesetters and get excited about working together.
Step 2. To take best advantage of our "bundled-crowdfunding" strategy, we'll work together to create an unbelievably exciting Kickstarter campaign.
Step 3. Together we will have GREAT FUN and AMAZING SUCCESS as we work together to promote our Kickstarter campaign.
DIYPlanetWalk is so AWESOME, I wish I had thought of it first! Get on over to Kickstarter and help FUND THIS APP and these wonderful #Play2Learn Partner programs!
We're Ashoka/LEGO #Play2Learn Challenge Pacesetters' Round collaborators having some serious fun together helping you get out for some fresh air exercise while marveling at the Wonders of the Universe.*
* BTW, we're also trying to creatively crowd-fund our individual #Play2Learn projects while we continue to compete in the Re-imagine Learning #Play2Learn Challenge.
Jim Salmons is Founder and Research Lead of the FactMiners Open Source #Play2Learn game developers community.
Jim was inspired to suggest developing the DIYPlanetWalk app as a Pacesetters' Round collaboration based on the beautiful walks he took along the Zurich Planet Trail in the 1990's.
Timlynn Babitsky is a Founder and Head Archivist of The Softalk Apple Project, and 'Cat Herder' of the FactMiners Open Source #Play2Learn game developers community.
Out of college, Timlynn was a New Jersey school teacher before working her way around the world teaching, first to GI family kids on bases in the South Pacific before living above a socki factory in Koyoto, Japan, teaching English as a second language to adults. Timlynn want to do #DIYPlanetWalk because she knows how creatively it will be used by today's teachers... and she wasn't with FactMiners Jim when he was on assignment in Zurich and got to do the Planet Trail! :-/
Floyd Mayfield of Stone Mountain, Georgia USA is President and Co-founder of Chichetekelo Schools of Arts and Science, Mpika, Zambia.
Through life experiences I developed a passion for working with families and children that are economically challenged. I've found my purpose in educating some disadvantaged children from a village in Mpika, Zambia, Africa. What I'm most proud of to date is the infrastructure problems to house a school for the students. I've been fortunate to have some very creative and inventive teachers when we need so many other modern day conveniences. We still have lots of challenges but the morale is excellent facing adversity. Chichetekelo means faith and it works for us.
Lily Kudzro is an emerging social entrepreneur in Ghana and founder of the Devio Arts Centre.
After reading an article in 2012 in the China Africa Report, a quote stood out to me: “The clash between modernization and tradition has affected the creative thinking of African children.” With a personal passion for creative arts, I recognized the sincere gap in our educational system in Africa for young children to explore and realize their artistic potentials. I recognized that there were no creative and learning focused play centres and effective play curricular for children. I knew I had to do something to fill this gap. That is when Devio Arts Centre was born.
If you are a #Play2Learn Pacesetter and would like to be consider joining our collaboration, please use the contact form on this site, or reach out to any of our team members through the Re-imagine Learning Facebook group.
Each #Play2Learn Partner in our #DIYPlanetWalk Kickstarter Collaborative is an entrant in the Ashoka/LEGO Re-imagine Learning Challenge. We've each been named as Pacesetters in the second round of the competition. Click the logos above to visit our #Play2Learn project pages on www.Changemakers.com.
Our goal is two-fold:
By creating this app as an Open Source project and using creative reputation-enhancing student competitions and piece-wise freelance developer contracts on existing Open Source developers marketplaces, we will reduce the cost of the game app and server-side web service development. This will assure that as much funding as possible will go to the individual #Play2Learn projects.
Although we will reality-check the plan as it comes together, here is our initial thinking about how we'll distribute our Kickstarter-raised funds:
FactMiners will design and manage development of the app with the active support of our Structr and Mapillary partners, and using Open Source freelance contracts as needed. If FactMiners brings the app to release under-budget, up to 10% of its funding may be applied to support of The Softalk Apple Project, our other #Play2Learn project.
Our first cohort of Pacesetters Partners will be up to six #Play2Learn Projects. Each Partner Project will get 10% of the funds raised on a successful Kickstarter campaign. Partners agree to put on, and document, 3 public #DIYPlanetWalk events as well as explore incorporating the #DIYPlanetWalk app into their programs or services.
Backing our Kickstarter campaign will be the first important way that folks can show support for Planet Walking right here on Spaceship Earth. But we won't stop at crowd-funding. Our backers will have the Pure Joy of being Early Adopters in the lively #DIYPlanetWalk Community. Did we mention there'll be a #DIYPlanetWalk Backer Badge, too!?
Oh, man, I hear music when I think about our heavenly bodies and their mysterious relationships. Sign me up to do a musically themed #DIYPlanetWalk!
Hey, you kids! You're lucky we didn't have patents back in my day or I'd OWN the solar system by now!
Hey, I saw this stuff first! Seriously. And I did it with THIS!!! No, the other end. Put your eye up to the other end. So, hey? There's got to be a LOT of points here, right?
Currently this site reflects our being in Kindred Spirit Finding Mode. Once we have our #Play2Learn Pacesetters Team together, we'll be evolving our activity and this site's content into Puttin' On a Show! Mode in support of our Kickstarter campaign.
Ultimately, this site will be the domain providing both the app's back-end web service along with the public web face of the #DIYPlanetWalk app and its community.
In the meantime, here is a taste of what's ahead...
We're happy to hear creative ideas and welcome collaborative inquiries from anyone. But we especially want to hear from you if you are a #Play2Learn Pacesetter who would like to join our project. Just drop us a note and point us to your #Play2Learn project. Tell us briefly why you and your project would be enthusiastic partners ready to kick it as we head to Kickstarter. We look forward to hearing from you.