Remember February 2020? We were so honored to be “the last hurrah” for many, before everything went sideways and life became so very, very different. Bringing together people with a common passion is a huge part of nErDcamp, and now “bringing people together” is on the list of things we shouldn’t do.
We’ve been doing a lot of thinking about nErDcamp 2021. These are strange times (maybe you’ve noticed), and nErDcamp obviously can’t run the same way it has in the past. We know that some nErDcamps have run a virtual event, and we did consider it. However, the WWUCLC will have an event on February 27 that will have a nice nErDcampy feel (which we encourage you to attend–more info about that coming out soon). For nErDcamp, we have an idea for something meaningful and important, but different. We’d like to make this one for the kids.
For many years, we’ve dreamed about a nErDcamp Junior. If you’ve ever attended or worked the Young Authors Conference put on by NWESD, we envision something like that, but virtually on Zoom. Authors and illustrators sharing a little bit of their time and a little bit of their expertise to work with groups of students around some area of their craft. This seems like a great year to try this out. The first nErDcamp Bellingham Junior, February 28, 2021.
Here is what we would need to make this happen:
- Authors and illustrators willing to lead sessions for students.
- Others (educators, librarians, others) to partner with presenters in each session, to help things run smoothy.
- People to help us organize such an event. Needs include messaging to students/parents/teachers/librarians, setting up Zoom rooms and logistics, probaby other things, too.
If this is something that sounds appealing and interesting to you, please let us know. If you would be willing to participate or help out, please let us know. If you think this is a crazy idea that could never work, please let us know (politely). If you have questions or would like to volunteer, participate, or anything else, contact email@example.com.
Thanks. Have a great end of October.