There was so much interest in the topic of Making Space for Making & Tinkering that we needed another hangout just to scratch the surface. This time we’ll be focusing more on schools and after school centers – finding out what they think is most important to consider when creating spaces for their specific audiences.
Getting a space up and running is only half the battle -- staffing it with the right people, doing interesting things with the tools and technology can often get overlooked and sustaining the effort long term are other milestones you'll be faced with. These are issues we've thought a lot about here in the Tinkering Studio, as part of our work with the ASTC Community of Practice for Making and Tinkering, and feel like it's worth thinking more broadly about together.
In this hangout you’ll hear from people who have been directly involved in planning and running spaces as well as a couple who are in the process of ramping up towards opening their own spaces. Each of the presenters will reflect upon their own experiences up to this point, offering advice and suggestions to each other and be able respond to any specific questions you might have about their approach.
Aaron Vanderwerff from Lighthouse Community Charter School’s Creativity Lab in Oakland, CA.
Aaron's role with making started in his 9th grade classroom several years ago and has grown exponentially to include a school-wide initiative involving making (K-12) and even the development of an entirely new school with maker-centered learning as it’s guiding philosophy.
Emilyn Green from Community Science Workshop Network Emilyn will share her experience with community-centered making in Watsonville, California - but also across the wider CSW network since they have been expanding their efforts statewide.
Rob McAdams is with the University of Richmond Rob developed an Integrating Creativity in Learning and Working course for teachers and business professionals as part of his work with the University. He's currently trying to get "mostly analog" maker spaces into financially challenged public schools in his area.
*In case you missed the earlier hangout with the same topic - here's a link to the recording of that one.
We hope you can join us this Thursday!
May 21st at 11PST
To register for this hangout - use this link.
If you'd like to learn more about the ASTC Community of Practice for Making and Tinkering in Museums, here's the link for that.
Do you have an idea for something you'd like us to cover in a future hangout? Shoot us an email --> firstname.lastname@example.org