2017 Highlights: Maker Corps Members Bring New Energy to Mayborn Museum’s Design Den

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Our work wouldn’t be possible without the dedication, passion, and inspiration that our partners bring to their schools and organizations each day, and we’re grateful to know and support each and every one of them. Let’s visit Waco, Texas where the Design Den at Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum was abuzz all summer with maker programming for local youth. Read more…

Building Meaningful Connections Between Making and Culture: An Interview with Former Maker Corps Member Julie Cardenas

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Julie Cardenas is an early childhood educator and former Maker Corps Member. In this post, she speaks to Maker Ed program coordinator Justin about traditional ways of making, cardboard, tape, and empowering communities. If you’re interested in becoming a Maker Corps Member, applications are currently open! You can learn more here.   Justin Boner, Maker Ed: We […]

Introducing Maker Corps 2017

Applications for our Maker Corps program are open until January 23rd, 2017. This online professional development program provides training and a community of support to youth-serving organizations as they design and implement summer maker education programming. As Maker Corps heads into its 5th year, we’re continuing to make improvements and changes based on feedback from our amazing […]

Maker Corps 2016: A Snapshot of Summer Making

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We are full in the swing of things this 2016 Maker Corps season! We have 78 Maker Corps Members contributing to summer maker education programming at over 40 sites! Summer making opportunities for young people are underway at community centers, libraries, museums, science centers and so many places in between. One of my favorite things […]

Junk to Genius: An Interview with Donna Sangwin of Recreate

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Donna Sangwin, founder and director of ReCreate, speaks to Maker Ed program coordinator Justin about trash, tech, reuse, and education. ReCreate is a creative reuse non-profit based in Roseville, CA and has been committed to reducing waste “through art, education, and imagination” since 2009, offering a full menu of maker education programming, both in partnership […]

Peanuts and Robots: Wilson County Public Libraries and Maker Education in Rural Texas

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Linda Downs recently told me that you can see a giant peanut resting on the lawn of the Wilson County Courthouse in Floresville, Texas. The big civic peanut has become something of a town mascot and, in conjunction with the annual Floresville Peanut Festival, memorializes the rural region’s early 20th century role in peanut farming. […]

Announcing Maker Corps 2016 Partner Sites

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We are thrilled to announce our Maker Corps Partner Sites for 2016! For the fourth year of Maker Corps, Maker Ed will collaborate with more than forty organizations across the globe to host Maker Corps Members throughout the summer to bring maker activities and approaches to the communities that they serve. Our Maker Corps 2016 Partner Sites […]

Maker Ed Announces Maker Certification for Its Maker Corps Program

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PRESS RELEASE: Maker Ed Announces Maker Certification for Its Maker Corps Program Maker Ed partners with Sonoma State University and the CSU Chancellor’s Office to offer a Maker Certificate to participants of the Maker Corps program. Oakland, CA, June 1, 2015: In close partnership with Sonoma State University (SSU), Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed)’s Maker Corps […]