Tuesday, September 18, 2012

World MakerFaire NYC

Last year I went to my first MakerFaire in New York.
Silly & smart and all matter of things #STEM & DIY for kids, one giant Makerspace.

What is a Makerspace?
Dale Dougherty of O'Reilly Media and founder of MAKE Magazine in partnership with Dr. Saul Griffith of Otherlab are creating informal participatory learning spaces where "students may access educational support to gain practical hands-on experience with new technologies and innovative processes to design and build projects."
And have fun doing it!

Makerspaces are popping up all over the country. You can check the Makerspace Directory here to find one near you-or start your own.

Teachers are flipping classrooms and librarians are creating informal learning spaces where teens can come to create, explore and share.
Informal Learning Spaces:
DreamYard, located in the Bronx, "uses project-based arts learning to ignite the transformative spirit in youth, public schools and communities.
Techbridge, "inspires girls to discover a passion for technology, science and engineering, empowering our future innovators and leaders."
YOUMEDIA, a "21st century teen learning space" at the Chicago Public Library
 I Street Press at the Sacramento Public Library, a library "re-inventing library service to their community with an Espresso Book Machine designed to print books on demand."

I Street Press: A Community Writing & Publishing Center


article: Learning By Making by Dale Dougherty
article: Library as Makerspace: Creating and Nurturing Communities of teen Writers by Buffy Hamilton
article: DIY Learning: How MakerFaire Is Innovating Learning
article: Makerspaces, participatory learning, and Libraries by The Unquiet Librarian
article: User Generated Education, The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture for Tinkering and Maker Education by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.
slideshare: Crafting Ne wNarratives of Community, Connecting, Creating and participatory Learning at The Unquiet Library: A Makerspace Culture of Learning
twitter: @MakerFaire
MakerFaire App: Download 


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