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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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Tinkering as a Mode of Knowledge Production in a Digital Age | Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

"Tinkering as a Mode of Knowledge Production in a Digital Age:


> Eric Siegel: Peers and Colleagues Build Student Confidence
     New York Hall of Science Director Eric Siegel describes the optimal museum experience and how we can map those kinds of experiences onto our schools.

 

> Mike Petrich: An Invitation to The Learning Studio
     Exploratorium PIE Co-director Mike Petrich says that engagement means empowerment and tinkering and play could be a regular part of a public school day.

 

> Jamie Cortez: Try it and Fail
     San Francisco artist/performer/teacher Jamie Cortez talks about roadblocks to tinkering and creativity in the traditional school setting.

 

> Allison Clark: You Can Still Be You and Become a Scientist
     Allison Clark of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign gives an up-close "tour" of the Hip Hop Information Technology Tour that empowers students to tinker with technology.

 

> John Seely Brown: The Open Architectural Studio
     Scientist, Speaker, Writer, Teacher John Seely Brown sees creativity lacking in today’s teaching and learning environment."

-- from source: http://www.carnegiefoundation.org

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This page leads to five other pages with summaries and video interviews with the authors about their topic. A great resource for integrating tinkering as a mode of knowledge in curriculum for education and training.

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Ithaca Generator

Ithaca Generator | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Ithaca Generator is a Makerspace, a place for inventors, crafters, designers, engineers and artists to come together and share resources, ideas and projects. We provide workshop space, tools, classes and social opportunities for makers in the local community." from source: http://ithacagenerator.org/

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The Ithaca Generator is a facility that recently opened its doors in March 2013. Already you can see on their web pages how they are growing and using their maker skills to design and build the furniture and tools they need to have on hand for projects to come. If you are in this area of New York, you should visit their facilities.

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Palm-sized Quadcopter, the flying development kit | GeekBoy.it

Palm-sized Quadcopter, the flying development kit | GeekBoy.it | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"A Swedish company called Bitcraze may just of provided the tool to scratch my itch! A tiny quadcopter called the Crazyflie Nano, that fits into the palm of your hand and comes as a kit.

 

Designed with home assembly in mind, once ordered you must mount and solder the motors. Being open source, you can easily expand the capabilities of the quadcopter to include features like an on-board camera / microphone. It’s basically a flying development board. It has a Flight time up to 7 minutes with standard 170mAh Li-Po battery." from Source: http://geekboy.it

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These tiny quadcopters are amazing. I have watched YouTube! videos of the mobility of these. A Dutch research group have programmed four to work together with a net to autonomously capture or toss a ball in the air. Note that this is also an Open Source kit! I want one -- someday!

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These tiny quadcopters are amazing. I have watched YouTube! videos of the mobility of these. A Dutch research group have programmed four to work together with a net to autonomously capture or toss a ball in the air. Note that this is also an Open Source kit! I want one -- someday!

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Maker Faire - Wikipedia

Maker Faire is an event created by Make magazine to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset".

Flagship Maker Faires are held in San Mateo, California, Detroit and New York. The New York Maker Faire is also known as "World Maker Faire".[1]

Upcoming Maker Faires[2]

"Maker Faire is an event created by Make magazine to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset"."  -- from the source: http://en.wikipedia.org/

 

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 Attending one of these events would certainly introduce one to tinkering and making. The results could be creating your own local Maker Faire or setup a MakerPlace.

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Flickr: Gever Tulley's Tinkering School

Flickr: Gever Tulley's  Tinkering School | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

Gever Tulley's Flickr photos from his Tinkering School workshops.

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Gever's talk on T.E.D. was the first in a long time that I had heard some one talk about tinkering. I remember my Grandfathers workshop with tools and materials to build mostly boats since he lived on a lake. Since then I have continued tinkering with objects, ideas, art, technology, education and training.

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Logo Test by A. Martino

This is a test of the robot basic movement made by A. Martino at the factory where the Arduino Robot will be manufactured.

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Tinkering as a mode of knowledge production in a Digital Age | Generation YES Blog

"The MacArthur Foundation brought together educators, “tinkerers,” curators, artists, performers and “makers” to grapple with questions around ensuring that all students benefit from learning in ways that allow them to participate fully and creatively in public, community, and economic life. (NB: See embedded video for multimedia content)

 

... These interviews from five of the participants were produced to provide some insights into the thoughtful and passionate conversations from that convening.

 

... Seymour Papert, the father of educational computing, often used the French word bricolage to describe the kind of playful attitude both children and scientists use to tinker, build, test, and rebuild their way to solving problems. Bricolage has the additional advantage (besides being cool sounding) of implying that you are using materials that you find around you – a very eco-green idea!

 

... Problem-solving in schools is typically taught as an analytical process with clear plans and steps, like the “scientific method.” But bricolage is clearly closer to the way real scientists, mathematicians and engineers solve problems. Sure, they make plans. But they also follow hunches, iterate, make mistakes, re-think, start over, argue, sleep on it, collaborate, and have a cup of tea. Bricolage encourages making connections, whereas School tends to like “clean” disconnected problems with clear, unambiguous step-by-step solutions." from source: http://blog.genyes.org

ghbrett's insight:

This article also points to "From the “Carnegie Commons” – Tinkering as a Mode of Knowledge Production in a Digital Age." This is an excellent article exploring the value of the notions of tinkering, doing, and making in education as a critical component in education, training, research, and development.

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Maker Scouts

Maker Scouts | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"The Maker Scouts is a weekly scouting program for young children (4-10) who are ready and interested in Tinkering and Making with different materials and tools. The Maker Scouts program provides young Makers learning opportunities in STEAM education through four 12 week sessions, each of which focus on critical thinking, design, and building with hand-on activities.

 

Activities are designed to help the youngest makers become safe, proficient users of making tools and materials on their way to discovering their passion and language of self expression. The program also provides young people learning opportunities that foster the core values of the Innovator Mindset– embracing failure, frustration tolerance, communication, collaboration, creativity and empathy." from source: http://www.makerscouts.org/

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This is a project of the Exploratory. Here is their comment on the Maker Scouts project and their mission:

 

"Maker Scouts International is a project of The Exploratory. Our mission is to build a sustainable future for our children by providing STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering Art and Math ) learning opportunities through hands-on Tinkering and Making explorations and projects.

 

The Exploratory provides children opportunities to sustain the love of discovery, celebrate the rigors of inquisitive, joyful learning and become students of innovation, prepared to solve future global challenges through hands on Making and Tinkering. We offer Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math after school programs, educator workshops, classes, public events, camps, early education programs, birthday parties and online content." http://www.theexploratory.com/

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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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+ The Maker Movement and STEM Education

"Margaret Honey and Eric Siegel feel that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) learning.

 

...Makers delight in tinkering, hacking, creating and re-using materials and technology. They have organized themselves into thriving communities, we read, in which they create objects that they are passionate about." from source: http://dyslexia.wordpress.com/

 

ghbrett's insight:

The Maker Movement has created passion in students and others. Students involved with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are not only making, but have discovered the delights of tinkering as they learn about topics in this area. This reviewer (not a teacher) believes that children and young adults have the most creative potential when they have been told "that's impossible."  Or just the opposite, if told "that's impossible," they go ahead and prove the nay sayers wrong. So start Tinkering and Making new things.

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ghbrett's curator insight, February 6, 2013 10:40 AM

The Maker Movement has created passion in students and others. Students involved with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are not only making, but have discovered the delights of tinkering as they learn about topics in this area. This reviewer (not a teacher) believes that children and young adults have the most creative potential when they have been told "that's impossible."  Or just the opposite, if told "that's impossible," they go ahead and prove the nay sayers wrong. So start Tinkering and Making new things.