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The new rules for crafters, hackers and tinkerers - The Globe and Mail

The new rules for crafters, hackers and tinkerers - The Globe and Mail | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"The Maker Movement Manifesto: In the spirit of making, I strongly suggest that you take this manifesto, make changes to it, and make it your own. That is the point of making." --Mark Hatch is CEO of TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) makrerspace.

 

Brief List explained more in the book!
1. MAKE
2. SHARE
3. GIVE
4. LEARN
5. TOOL UP
6. PLAY
7. PARTICIPATE

ghbrett's insight:

The book is a great starting point for learning about the Maker Movement. Mark does a very nice overview in his article cited here.

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SketchUp | 3D for Everyone

"SketchUp users are architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers. They are the people who shape the physical world. They are important, and they deserve great tools because great tools produce great work.

 

Great tools are ones you look forward to using. They do one thing (or maybe two) really, really well. They let you do what you want without having to figure out how. They help with hard or boring tasks so that you can focus on being creative, or productive, or both. And they are, in their own way, beautiful.

 

At SketchUp, we do our best to make great tools for drawing. For our users, drawing is thinking. They draw to explore ideas, to figure things out, to show other people what they mean. They draw because they love it, and because nothing great was ever built that didn't start with a great drawing." from source: http://www.sketchup.com/

ghbrett's insight:

SketchUp is one of the free tools that folks who are engaged in 3D printing and MakerSpaces find to be a great starting point to help new learners to design and create their own objects.

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Nova Labs | Rediscover the joy of making things

Nova Labs | Rediscover the joy of making things | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Nova Labs is a nonprofit MakerSpace located in Reston, Virginia. We provide the space and tools to grow a community where enthusiastic collaborators of any skill level can converge to make things.

 

Our interests include: Inventing, Learning, Prototyping, Biology, CNC, Teaching, Electronics, Robotics, 3D Printing, Computer Programming, Machining, Microcontrollers, Woodworking, Networking, IT Security, Knitting and Crocheting, Mechanical Engineering, Sewing, Silkscreening, Arts and Crafts, And much, much more.

 

Nova Labs, Inc. is nonprofit corporation managed by a Board of Directors and organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Nova Labs is a sponsored project under School Factory. All donations submitted to School Factory (c/o Nova Labs) are tax deductible."

from source: https://www.nova-labs.org/

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I plan to visit these labs as soon as I can. The next two week I'll be out of town, but when I get back, I intend to visit their facilities and report back to you all.

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TechShop: Welcome To Your Neighborhood Xerox Parc - Forbes

TechShop: Welcome To Your Neighborhood Xerox Parc - Forbes | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
In 2006 Jim Newton, a former MythBusters science adviser and BattleBots competitor, paged through his notebook filled with 224 invention ideas. 

 

"...Now with six locations charging a $125 monthly fee, TechShop offers members–amateurs and engineers alike– work-space and access to every conceivable tool required to create their inventions. “Making things is fundamental to what it means to be human,” pines CEO Mark Hatch, citing work by Jung and Hegel to make his point. “For the price of a Starbucks addiction, we give you tools to make whatever you want.”" from source: http://www.forbes.com/

ghbrett's insight:

Tinkering and making requires the right skill and tools. Emerging services and locations like TechShop and MakerPlace are fulfilling these needs. This article from Forbes does a good job explaining some of the resources, products and concepts of a tinkerer and maker friendly resource. It is a worthwhile read.

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Why public libraries should follow Chicago's lead and build maker labs

Why public libraries should follow Chicago's lead and build maker labs | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"... That made it especially exciting to hear that Chicago opened a maker lab in one of its public libraries today. Most maker spaces carry a membership fee of $50-200 a month or are located in an institution like a university, where you are required to be a student or staff member to access equipment. A free lab that is open to the public is a novel concept that will hopefully be a lot more common in the future.

 

The lab at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center will stock three MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printers, two laser cutters, a milling machine and a vinyl cutter, plus a selection of software. A $249,999 grant will sustain its operation through the end of 2013, at which point it will be re-evaluated. The city will also consider adding maker spaces to other library locations." from source: http://gigaom.com/

#library #libraries #MakerSpace #tinkering #digitaldivide #innovation

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ghbrett's curator insight, July 10, 2013 1:40 PM

This is another example of a growing movement in the re-inventing of Libraries in a Digital World. Some traditional people still think of books, reference support, children's hour readings. Whereas other public libraries have experimented with different services such as cafe areas, study carrels with glass walls for tutoring, checking out garden tools, and of course now the ability to check out Digital Media (e.g., eBooks, eMagazines, and music). So, this role in supporting public access to the tools of the Maker Movement early on is a critical activity. In my opinion this is critical to an early solution to the problem of the Digital Divide that kept people who didn't have understanding of or access to computing and networks from accessing internet resources. 

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Mobile Makerspace

Mobile Makerspace | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"What is a Mobile Makerspace?

 

A Mobile Makerspace is a BUS, VAN, RV, or a TRAILER packed full of educational toys such as 3D printers, CNC machines, laser cutters, 3D scanners, doodle bots, small robots, alternative energy toys, simple crafts, and so much more! It is about giving EVERYONE of ALL AGES and ALL walks of life the opportunity to get their hands into cool technology and learn about it first hand.

 

Schools, care centers, community centers, and libraries often can not afford and do not have the space to house the educational equipment that a Mobile Makerspace can. A Mobile Makerspace is built and maintained by Makers, keeping expenses low. This includes building most of the equipment used to teach and learn. Part of the learning experience is to learn how to and to demonstrate how you can build and reproduce these types of tools for yourself at a very low cost.

 

This project has been started in Vancouver, BC, Canada"

from source: http://mobilemakerspace.com/

ghbrett's insight:

This is a great idea. Reminds me of cities and counties that make good use of Book Mobiles as libraries on wheels. There also is a definite excitement that a hands-on experience creates. 3D printers are becoming cheaper every week. Staples Office Supply store even sells one now for around $1,200 US. On the net there was report of a 3D printer available for about $350 US.

 

Computers are getting cheaper, paper printers are less expensive. Now we are seeing analog development devices reaching a price range that small groups can afford to purchase for their learning and experimentation.

 

see also:
https://www.facebook.com/MobileMakerspace
http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Mobile_Makerspace

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About Us | School Factory

"The School Factory is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that creates value-creating communities and spaces that transform education.

 

 ... Space Federation -- We support and create community environments like hackerspaces, makerspaces, co-working spaces, and other places where diverse communities come together to build, make, and teach one another.

 

 ... Emergentcy Schools -- We support and create programs that engage people in the creation of communities of practice--focused on a culture of creativity, constructivism, and project-based learning.

 

... The Space Federation -- The Space Federation program helps connect people who make hackerspaces, makerspaces, co-working spaces and other creative/community environments to share resources and ideas.

 

> Any space can join the Space Federation for free.

 

> Activities are created and delivered according to open source principles and philosophies where possible. This is about the commons.

 

> Being a member means joining our online community, participating in events and activities, and contributing to the growth of these spaces overall by sharing your experiences and ideas.

 

> We also provide non-profit incorporated spaces with fiscal sponsorship, enabling them to receive tax-deductible grants, donations, and contributions from the start, for which we charge a small administrative fee. Fiscal sponsorship is not required for membership in the Space Federation." from source: http://schoolfactory.org/

ghbrett's insight:

As I am making my way into the emerging world of Maker Spaces and Emergentcy Schools and such, The School Factory demonstrates an exciting concept of not only supporting a geographically local community, it is connecting other such organizations as well. I imagine The School Factory would be a good resource for any group who intend to start or setup a tinkering or making space for education, training, and fun. 

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