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Press Releases IMLS and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to Partner on Makerspaces Project. May 8, 2014 Washington, D.C.

Press Releases IMLS and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to Partner on Makerspaces Project

—At a meeting of the National Museum and Library Services Board IMLS announced an initiative with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (CMP) to build the capacity of libraries and museums to develop effective makerspaces and programs. In recent years there has been an explosion of interest among museums and libraries in the hands-on, mentor-led learning environments known as makerspaces. The maker movement has spread with hundreds of thousands of people participating in Maker Faires across the country and across the globe. The White House recently announced plans for a 2014 White House Maker Faire. The Joy Of Making Things. Monday, November 25, 2013 In New Haven, Connecticut, where I live with my husband and two sons, we are lucky to have nearby the Eli Whitney Museum.

The Joy Of Making Things

This place is the opposite of a “please don’t touch” repository of fine art. It’s an ”experimental learning workshop” where kids engage in an essential but increasingly rare activity: they make stuff. Right now, looking around my living room, I can see lots of the stuff made there by my older son: a model ship that can move around in water with the aid of a battery-powered motor he put together; a “camera obscura” that can project a real-world scene onto a wall in a darkened room; a wooden pinball game he designed himself. (You can view an archive of Eli Whitney Museum projects here.) The people who run Eli Whitney call these hands-on projects “experiments.” Many others have noticed this phenomenon. How Tinkering Can Help You Learn. How Tinkering Can Help You Learn. The Joy Of Making Things. Monday, November 25, 2013.

The Joy Of Making Things

Worlds of Making @ NMHS. Makers show supports kids museum. Kelli Sutterman / Admin Published: September 10 2013 | 5:00 pm - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 8:17 pm in CORALVILLE — The Iowa Children’s Museum teaches kids to be creative and innovative through hands-on learning.

Makers show supports kids museum

Designing a School Makerspace. Makerspaces, STEAM labs and fab labs are popping up in schools across the country.

Designing a School Makerspace

Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. 3 Key Qualities for a School Makerspace. Over the past year I had the privilege of leading a team to create makerspaces in 15 high schools around the Bay Area.

3 Key Qualities for a School Makerspace

Our goal was to learn how to help educators create makerspaces in schools and use making in the classroom. DARPA, which funded our program, eventually wanted to take what we learned and create makerspaces in 1,000 schools. While our DARPA funding ended in December, we believed so strongly in the benefits of these spaces that we continued to support our pilot schools until the end of the year. 3d printing, library missions, and things beside the point. I’d thought my next blog post would be part of yesterday’s thread about organizational change, but it turns out this morning my coffee and I can’t stop rereading Hugh Rundle’s Mission creep – a 3d printer will not save your library, and David Lankes’ passionate response about how he believes Rundle is missing the point, and then Lankes and Lane Wilkinson having a knock-down philosopher brawl in the comments.

3d printing, library missions, and things beside the point

(Smart people arguing? And tossing about words like “propositional” like it ain’t no thang? Ooooh! Way to this girl’s heart.) Beyond the Bullet Points: Missing the Point and 3D Printing. OK, the post by Hugh Rundle ( has gotten some attention.

Beyond the Bullet Points: Missing the Point and 3D Printing

Most of it expected…bleeding edge folks think we need them, plenty of folks think they are unnecessary or not ready. However, all of these arguments miss the point in my opinion, because they are all grounded in the concept of library as collection with printing as one service to export the information provided by the library. In other words we (the library) have the stuff you need, and we’ll let you take some of it with you by printing it out. Mission creep – a 3D printer will not save your library. So you think your library needs a 3D printer.

Mission creep – a 3D printer will not save your library

You’re going to be modern, ahead of the curve, futuristic, not-your-mother’s-library. Congratulations. But why exactly is it appropriate for a library service to provide 3D printing? Cargo cults and technolust “We have 2D printers, 3D printers are just the next step” you say? The harsh truth is that there is no business case for public libraries to provide 3D printing. DIY projects, how-tos, and inspiration from geeks, makers, and hackers. 3D Printing in Libraries Around the World. April 22, 2013 By Riel Gallant Introduction Since late 2011, when the Fayetteville Public Library received widespread media attention for its hackerspace, 3D printers slowly began appearing in libraries around the world, particularly in the United States.

3D Printing in Libraries Around the World

Recently, debates have sparked in the library blogosphere over this phenomenon; with the argument stemming back to library missions (Andromeda Yelton, Lankes, Rundle). This report will present statistics concerning libraries in the world who have adopted 3D printing. Why public libraries should follow Chicago’s lead and build maker labs. Square co-founder Jim McKelvey built the first prototypes for his little white credit card swiper at the TechShop workshop in Menlo Park, Calif. MakerBot’s first 3D printer, the CupCake CNC, grew out of collaborations that began at the NYC Resistor hackerspace in New York City. Square and MakerBot are just the famous examples. TechShop members have also produced a tiny quadcopter and a DIY underwater robot that both easily hit their goals on Kickstarter. At the Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco, members once launched a balloon to the edge of space to take photos and video.

Makerspaces.pdf. 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. 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.

What is a Makerspace? Creativity in the Library. Submitted by Caitlin A. Bagley on December 20, 2012 - 12:06pm Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of posts by Caitlin A. Bagley. Learn about the makerspace at Carnegie Public Library (Pittsburgh) in our free webinar Monday, January 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. 3D Printing in Libraries Around the World.