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Creating Makerspaces in Schools

Creating Makerspaces in Schools
Two weekends ago, I attended EdCamp NYC at The School at Columbia, an independent school on Manhattan's Upper West Side. One of the things I love about attending edcamps is that the day is always unpredictable because you don't know what will be discussed or who will be leading conversations until that morning. What ensued was an inspiring day focused on tinkering, exploration and innovation. A Day of Play and Exploration The day began with a discussion led by Don Buckley, The School's Director of Technology and Innovation, focused on design thinking in schools. Buckley used projects completed at The School to illustrate the various stages of design thinking, which include defining a problem, researching and creating a solution and a prototype, and implementing the solution. The day ended with a session on 3D printing run by Don Buckley and Jaymes Dec. Design thinking, tinkering and exploring, designing and creating . . . Why Makerspaces? Bringing Makerspaces into Schools More on Makerspaces

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The Makings of Maker Spaces, Part 1: Space for Creation, Not Just Consumption Maker spaces in libraries are the latest step in the evolving debate over what public libraries’ core mission is or should be. From collecting in an era of scarce resources to curation in an era of overabundant ones, some libraries are moving to incorporate cocreation: providing the tools to help patrons produce their own works of art or information and sometimes also collecting the results to share with other members of the ­community. Maker spaces promote learning through play; have the potential to demystify science, math, technology, and engineering; and encourage women and under­represented minorities to seek careers in those fields. They also tie in to the growing trend of indie artists in every medium—including books—who are bypassing traditional gatekeepers, taking advantage of new tools to produce professionally polished products, and going direct to the web to seek an audience. Libraries around the United States offer tools for patrons to learn by doingBy Lauren Britton

AHS Makerspace (We are located in Brisbane, Australia, so have some preference for buying nearer home. These are sellers we have used or are considering. Please comment if you find other good sources.) 3D printer Makerbot Replicator 2 Project-Based Learning Through a Maker's Lens The rise of the Maker has been one of the most exciting educational trends of the past few years. A Maker is an individual who communicates, collaborates, tinkers, fixes, breaks, rebuilds, and constructs projects for the world around him or her. A Maker, re-cast into a classroom, has a name that we all love: a learner. A Maker, just like a true learner, values the process of making as much as the product. In the classroom, the act of Making is an avenue for a teacher to unlock the learning potential of her or his students in a way that represents many of the best practices of educational pedagogy. A Makerspace classroom has the potential to create life-long learners through exciting, real-world projects.

Makerspaces, Year 1 Copy I started by looking for ways to tie into the month. Examples: 1. Design a haunted house (Oct.) 2. Design your own code (Dec. in honor of Hour of Code.) 3. simakerspace workshops Choose one or all three of these intro to digital technology demo workshops! Ages 12+ Discounted price for all three workshops: $72 Members and $90 Non-Members or choose individual workshops. Introduction to Micro Computers

A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources "There were more than 135 million adult makers, more than half of the total adult population in America, in 2015." What is a makerspace? You’ve no doubt been hearing that word more than a few times over the past several years. Makerspaces, also called hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs, are collaborative spaces where people gather to get creative with DIY projects, invent new ones, and share ideas. Since the first official makerspace convened six years ago in a library in upstate New York, libraries have remained an ideal setting for makerspace events across the country. Many offer community resources like 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies, and more.

BarePaint - Greeting Card Kit - COM-11522 Description: Replacement: None. We are no longer carrying this conductive paint kit in our catalog. This page is for reference only. Bare Paint is the first non-toxic electrically conductive paint available to consumers today! This unique child-friendly material is designed for people of all ages to explore and learn about electronics with an inclusive, easy-to-use material. Bare’s Card Kit contains all the components you need to make three greeting cards using a Bare Paint Pen as shown in the tutorial below! Howard Lee's Hot Dog Drawing Challenge YouTube video goes viral An artist from Aberystwyth, Wales, is leaving internet users confused with his drawing of a hot dog. Howard Lee's artwork is so realistic that when placed next a real hot-dog, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between the two. A video on YouTube, titled Hot Dog Drawing Challenge, demonstrates just how he created the artwork and reveals the secret to which hotdog is real, much to the collective astonishment of internet users. Scroll down for video

Kids Are Using Minecraft To Design A More Sustainable World If you're going to communicate effectively with young people, it helps to do it in a language and format they understand. Like Minecraft, for instance. One hundred million people already play the Swedish-born game, and even those who haven't played can soon appreciate its build-it-with-blocks vernacular. UN-Habitat, the UN's agency for sustainable urban development, has a program to improve public space in developing world cities. It helps build new parks, squares, sports fields, and sidewalks, and promotes the value of public space to local people. Recently, it's used Minecraft to engage young people.

Is it a Hackerspace, Makerspace, TechShop, or FabLab? The past decade has seen the sudden, dramatic appearance of community spaces offering public, shared access to high-end manufacturing equipment. These spaces are interchangeably referred to as hackerspaces, makerspaces, TechShops, and FabLabs. This can lead the intended audience to become incredibly confused as to why there might be so many names for a single concept. Manufacturing Makerspaces Kids gather to make Lego robots; teens create digital music, movies, and games with computers and mixers; and students engineer new projects while adults create prototypes for small business products with laser cutters and 3D printers. Many libraries across the US have developed makerspaces—places to create, build, and craft—and they are experiencing increased visits and demand as a result. For public libraries, they are places to promote community engagement.

Chibitronics – Mashing Craft and Electronics in an exciting Maker Opportunity For those who are fans of Manga or Anime, the term Chibi will be familiar as one used to describe super cute figures, usually with tiny bodies and huge heads. Chibi also is a Japanese slang term for tiny. Whether it is their tiny size or the super cute things you can create,the name ‘Chibitronics’ was a great choice of inventor, Jie Qi,. Chibitronics combine tiny sensors and electronic circuits with stickers, making it possible for anyone with imagination and some time to create interactive designs. Chibitronics are an exciting addition to a Makerspace. They consist of tiny circuits on stickers, which can be combined with copper tape or conductive paint to make almost anything interactive.

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