The Future of the World in a Hot Air Balloon: Young Makers at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016

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As I made my way through this year’s labyrinthine Maker Faire Bay Area, I wasn’t prepared for what would end up catching and keeping my attention. The size, complexity, and novelty of the literal thousands of inventions were certainly impressive, if not inspiring, but they quickly receded into the background against the energy and animation […]

Young Makers 2015: Welcome our Regional Coordinators!

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The Young Makers program is off to a new and exciting start this 2015 season! In the Bay Area, we have partnered with three fantastic organizations and key staff members within each organization to help reach more Young Makers, coordinate cohesive and exciting regional gatherings throughout the season, and bring together new and veteran communities, […]

Open Portfolios: Bay Area Video Coalition’s Media Portfolios

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This is the eighth in a series of blog posts about Maker Ed’s Open Portfolio Project work during the summer and fall 2014. These posts are also written in conjunction with the Research Briefs being released throughout 2014 and into 2015. The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), located in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, has been inspiring and guiding the community […]

Open Portfolios: Marymount’s Fab Lab

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This is the third in a series of blog posts about Maker Ed’s Open Portfolio Project work during the summer and fall 2014. These posts are also written in conjunction with the Research Briefs being released throughout the fall and winter of 2014. By Anna Keune The Marymount Fab Lab, one of four highly equipped makerspaces at Marymount School of New […]

Maker Caucus Brings Attention to the Need for More Diversity in Making

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On Thursday, November 18, 2014, I attended the Congressional Maker Caucus event on “Creating a Diverse & Inclusive Maker Movement,” which examined the role of women and underrepresented minorities in making and discussed how to broaden participation and diversify the makeup of makers.  The Congressional Maker Caucus is a bi-partisan group of members of Congress, […]

Intel Launches Report on Engaging Women in Tech Through Making

Today, Intel launched a report entitled “MakerHers Engaging Girls and Women in Technology through Making, Creating, and Inventing.” I was a proud contributor to the piece and am thrilled to have this work be the start of a larger conversation about broadening participation in making. Last week, I became an aunt for the first time to […]

Young Makers present 103 projects at Maker Faire Bay Area

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You might be noticing that makers are getting shorter and more wrinkle-free these days. Their ideas and creations, though, are no less inventive or surprising. All children are makers, innately curious and imaginative, naturally inclined to create and build. And these days, it’s starting to show in the number of youth you might trip over […]