Category Archives: Makerspaces/Hackerspaces

On Sewing Machines and Love

I enjoyed this lovely reverie by Jocelyn Heath on the power of sewing machines and traditions across generations in ”The Heirloom Art of the Sewing Machine,” part of The Atlantic’s “Object Lesson” series. I see this kind of family connection … Continue reading

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Repair, Resell, Reuse

I’m excited to see Patagonia’s plans for recycling unwanted but still useful garments. Here come a few more sewing jobs that will undoubtedly be more creative and interesting than those for factory construction. In a new take-back program that will … Continue reading

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Quotable: Carl Wilkens

Source: Williams, Terry Tempest. 2016. The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks. New York: Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.

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In the new administration, what’s the role of the maker movement?

[cross-posted from MakerBridge blog] I’m going to be honest: after Election Day, I was pretty convinced that there would be little interest in the maker movement from the incoming Executive Branch. So I was surprised to see that the conservative … Continue reading

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Toy Takeapart

{Cross-posted from MakerBridge blog} Over the past few months, we’ve been piloting Toy Takeapart at our statewide MakerFest events and Michigan Makers after-school program. It’s pretty close to a sure-fire hit. We visit our favorite end-of-the-line thrift store outlet, where … Continue reading

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Book Recommendation: Innocent Experiments by Rebecca Onion

Remember this clip from the White House Science Faire of President Obama helping 8th grader Joey Hudy shoot off a marshmallow cannon he made with the help of the folks at Home Depot? So did reporter and author Rebecca Onion, … Continue reading

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Booklist Makerspace Webinar

Hi! Today is the Booklist webinar on Making in Early Elementary Grades! These links may be helpful: Today’s slide deck Ambient STEM handout The Maker Vision handout I meant to include in the slides (!), along with other handouts Making and Learning framework Cherry … Continue reading

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Things Learned On The Road This Summer, Part II

Last month, I wrote about some of the things we had learned traveling the state with maker professional development. This month, I’d like to focus in on one finding in particular: the relative lack of awareness of Make magazine and the ensuing … Continue reading

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Booklist Webinar on Early Elementary Making Coming 10/20!

Please join me for a free Booklist webinar, sponsored by Cherry Lake Publishing, on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 2pm Eastern / 1pm Central. Here’s what I’ll be talking about: Primary-aged children are natural makers. They couple their imaginations with the … Continue reading

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Things Learned on the Road This Summer, Part I

Thanks to funding from IMLS, I spent much of the summer on the road, working with librarians, educators, and community members to envision and think about community-responsive making in rural and underserved communities. Here are some things I learned (or re-learned) from … Continue reading

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