I was suggested to post my current project here to get some feedback. Hopefully this is the right forum to do so.
I created an afterschool club, vulnerable adult activity, or simple club with the theme of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Maths). The idea being a bit forward from codeclubs or kit making clubs where people follow tutorials and guidance we just punk it and wing it.
The flow would be as follows: before starting the club people write ideas for projects things that help local communities are encouraged. No such thing as bad ideas. Then we get all together in a room with post-its and white boards and just brain dump the ideas. Then the ideas are grouped by theme for example (environment, health politics). Then voting goes to one of the preferred groups. Then further merging and further voting until a project is chosen.
After that, we simplify the project to the Minimum Viable Product (MVP). And start working in teams. Teams would have different background, ages, skill sets (aka diverse) so the trick is not to have star performers and not to leave anybody behind. Star performers should be able to slow down and explain what they are doing to the others.
I have attached an open letter to local I have started sending.
So I have started trying this out. My questions are:
* Is this a good idea?
* Should I team up with local codeclubs and similar groups such as firestarter?
* Has this been done before, any success/failure stories around?