Fulfilling the Maker Promise, Year Two

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In 2016, Digital Promise and Maker Ed launched the Maker Promise, a campaign to bring quality making experiences to students across the country. Since the launch, we’ve challenged school leaders, educators, and community members to show their support for maker learning by committing to being champions for making, supporting spaces to make and learn, and […]

Ask a Maker Educator – Beyond the Buzzwords, Equity & Diversity in Making

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In this Ask a Maker Educator conversation, we use storytelling and discussion to explore the ways in which making can excite and empower traditionally underserved populations. We show what equity-minded maker education looks like in action, and provide guidance for educators looking for ways to authentically engage all members of their community through making. Read more…

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 […]

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 […]

Black History Month: Making, Movement, & Community Connection

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February is Black History Month and a fitting, prime time for tying in classroom content while calling out the crucial contributions of diverse voices and visions in making. So many African American inventors, scholars, artists, writers, leaders, doers, makers—all those known to us and commonly referenced during this month, and all those unseen, unheard, unspoken […]