Makers of New York: Ezgi Ucar


  Our Maker VISTA member, Karim Willens, was recently invited to participate in a three-day making seminar at the Dreamyard Institute in the Bronx, NY. There, he heard from and met some amazing makers and was inspired to interview a few of them as part of a “Makers of New York” series. In this post, Karim interviews Ezgi […]

Junk to Genius: An Interview with Donna Sangwin of Recreate


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 […]

Meet Amanda! – or – How to Break a Christmas Gift in Record Time

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One Christmas, I received the gift of my (then) dreams:  a see-through alarm clock!  I was always curious about what made things work and how they were assembled — and this clock was a perfect work of art!  With its different colored gears and hard exterior just begging to be cracked open, it was a […]

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

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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 […]