Engaging Maker Educators a World Away: Similarities and Differences in Singapore

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In the middle of March 2017, Daniella Shoshan and Stephanie Chang criss-crossed the globe to run professional development workshops in Singapore. Here, they reflect on their experiences. For all of the differences that come with a culture and country halfway around the world, the similarities are actually what are most striking.  In partnership with the Singapore’s Ministry […]

A Weekend of Making at Maker VISTA Partner Site Drew Charter: STEAM Day + DESIGNORAMA

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The holistic experience of making that is somehow able to integrate the learner’s mind and body, along with the efforts and energies of fellow learners and community members was undeniably achieved and excitingly evident during a recent STEAM extravaganza weekend held at Maker VISTA partner site, Drew Charter School, in Atlanta. Powered by the school’s […]

Maker Corps 2017 is here!

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Introducing Our Network of Maker Corps Rockstars! A small microscope made out of wood and saved for decades. Memories of working in Grandma’s craft store. A tale of hoarding a favorite children’s book in the library makerspace to keep it out of circulation (and then getting a tattoo of the protagonist!). Toilet paper rolls that change […]

Maker Moments: March 2017

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Making MAKING Happen Through Maker VISTA  Our Maker VISTA program focuses on overcoming poverty through maker education. Maker VISTA members serve at partner sites around the country to impact organizations and the wider community through partnership development, volunteer recruitment, community building, resource creation, educator training, and much more. Bethune Middle School At Bethune Middle School in […]

Intention and Impact at Grass Valley’s Black History Month Family Maker Night

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This past Thursday, Maker VISTA partner site Grass Valley Elementary School in Oakland, CA held a Black History Month Family Maker Night & Heritage Potluck. This event featured a little bit of everything—making, breaking bread, discussion—and a whole lot of one thing: intention. From the night’s theme of honoring and exploring historic and modern contributions […]

New Jersey Makers Day: Celebrating Maker Culture Statewide

About the Author: Kate Jaggers is Supervising Librarian of the User Services Department at Piscataway Public Library in Piscataway, NJ, and Secretary of the New Jersey Makers Day Board. In addition to overall organization, Kate’s primary role on the NJMD Board is to encourage everyone’s big ideas while also keeping them grounded in reality. Find […]

Introducing our Making Spaces Schools

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We have been hard at work getting our Making Spaces program up and running and are excited to announce the 7 schools that will be participating as part of the Maker Ed Hub in this nation-wide program. Boze Elementary School – Tacoma WA Harding Senior High School – St. Paul, MN Kailua Elementary School – […]

Creating a Culture of Growth in Your Makerspace

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About the author: Meredith Rice is the innovation specialist at Sunset Ridge District 29 in Northfield, Il. Besides managing the district’s makerspaces, she also provides technology coaching and professional development to teachers. Meredith is a Google Certified Trainer and an Apple Teacher with the Swift Playgrounds endorsement. Follow her on Twitter @FrauMRice or @SRSMakerspace. What […]