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Steven commented on The Quanta Challenge

Hi Rachel!

Thank you very much for your interest in our idea. I have been testing out my idea with my sons and my nephews who are 10 and 7. We have been playing with Zoom and what is possible over longer distances as my nephews live in a different state. You can check out some of our Quanta Challenges here - https://impactconnections.org/the-quanta-challenge/

The thing that surprised me the most was how invested my boys got because of a "challenge." They worked harder on these little challenges than any other school assignment. They like to work on the challenges on their own time and schedule, but also liked connected each day over Zoom. My boys love to make faces on Zoom and being on their own device, so I am trying to find a way to use that performance instinct. The hard part is that I am with my boys to support them, where I know many families won't have the time or skill set to support their children in each one of these challenges. I hope to create a support system for parents who want their kids to participate and need some extra help.

We have taken a short break as we prepare for our summer of learning. Since we homeschool I plan on having my boys learn year round and begin their summer of the Quanta Challenge soon. I am hoping to get a community of elementary students together to work together in a combination of Zoom and offline projects. My boys and nephews seem to enjoy the combination of meeting on Zoom and working collaboratively in breakout rooms and also doing longer offline projects individually. Hopefully I can make the process smooth enough to help any family who is interested.