See SAM Grow: Saturdays at the Sanger SAM Academy

  by Janet Miller and Victoria Cortez SAM’s doors opened in late September and her VISTAs, Janet and Victoria, arrived on November 25, 2013. While walls were still being painted, the show went on for “OSOT,” one of the thousand or so acronyms the VISTAs are still learning but “out-of-school-time” is what SAM is all […]

Making MAKING Journals

By Jessica Gray Schipp, Maker AmeriCorps VISTA at the Lighthouse Community Charter School Creativity Lab Journal, sketchbook, notebook, blog, book, diary, scrapbook, daybook, log — no matter what you call these information collectors, they all do the same sort of something. They provide a way to document our experiences. They can be shared or private, written or […]

Maker AmeriCorps VISTA at the Da Vinci Center in Stockton, CA: Connecting Community Through Making

Abigail Avila & Thomas Hornyak were sworn in to the VISTA program as part of the Maker Ed Initiative on Nov. 22nd in L.A. The next day they moved to their new community, Stockton, during Thanksgiving week and started work at the Da Vinci Center for Innovative Learning. Since the volunteers had no housing, they stayed […]

The Exploratory and Maker Guilds of Los Angeles

Co-authored by Max Nishimura  and Danielle Owens The Exploratory was a project that originated from summer camps. Jean, our founder and ‘chief tinkerer’, wanted to provide her son and his friends activities that would encourage creative and innovative thinking. As the popularity of her program grew, she began doing after-school programs at various schools, working […]