VISTAGrad, July 2015


This July, seven of our Maker VISTA Members will be concluding their 365 days of service. Our Maker VISTA members have exhibited passion, commitment and hard work by confronting poverty through collaborative development of organizational, administrative and financial capacity for their host organizations. Maker VISTA members worked onsite with their partner organization to foster collective […]

The Maker VISTA Project Expands


In May 2015, the Maker VISTA community will welcome four new sites and six VISTA members to join its vision in transforming education for poverty-stricken communities. The Maker VISTA Project is transforming education nationwide for youth disadvantaged by poverty through Maker Education. The project’s ambitious mission will be strengthened in scale and reach with  the […]

FabLab at Castlemont High

Castelmont FabLab Opening 1.21.1510

Reusing comes in all shapes and forms. Cardboard boxes can become robot bodies, mason jars make great candle holders, and sometimes, old ROTC shooting ranges can become aquaponics gardens, if you have the right imagination. The new FabLab at Castlemont High School in Eastmont, Oakland is now open! I got a chance to attend their Open […]

Introducing Maker VISTA Cohort III


  Welcome our newest Maker VISTA cohort – Jessica Baggs, Lex Kennedy, Kelsey Leach, David Perlis and Chloe Umble, and learn a little more about them here. Our third cohort of AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) members recently began their second month of service. New Members joined at The Exploratory: Maker Guilds (Los […]

Maker Ed Goes to Washington: A Multi-Perspective Look at the White House Maker Faire

Pictured (from Left to Right): Rachel Alper, Matthew Tung, Andrew Ke, Davis Dunaway, Samantha McGinnis, Lendy Dunaway

On Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, several members of the Maker Ed team were in Washington D.C. to attend the first-ever White House Maker Faire. In this post, each shares his/her own account of and reflections from the day: Lisa Regalla, Interim Executive Director The most powerful thing about the White House Maker Faire to me was the […]

Maker Ed Launches Campaign To Create and Expand Nationwide Network of Youth-Oriented Makerspaces

PRESS RELEASE Maker Ed Launches Campaign To Create and Expand Nationwide Network of Youth-Oriented Makerspaces Partners with Autodesk, Cognizant, FIRST, Intel, Maker Media, and US2020 to Support Access to Nearby Makerspaces for Every Child in America Oakland, CA, June 18, 2014: Announced at this week’s White House Maker Faire, the Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed) launches […]

Maker Ed Expands Reach of AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership

New VISTA Members will impact thousands in high poverty communities throughout the United States By Rachel Goldman Alper, Director of Strategic Alliances The Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed) will expand its AmeriCorps VISTA project from its California focus to include five underserved communities throughout the United States.  Ten new VISTA members and a VISTA leader […]