This is the second of a series of posts documenting the progression of a collaborative project at the South End Technology Center @ Tent City supported by the Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean's Equity Project. The goal is to create a safe and creative space for high school and college youth to explore their identities and the issues that have come up for them with the #BlackLivesMatter movement through activities based on Hip Hop Culture.
Among the FabLearn Fellows and at the Fab Learn Conference this past October, there has been a focus on thinking about how to put youth of color, young women and youth living in families with low incomes at the center of the maker education movement.
As part of my own research for a current project at the South End Technology Center @ Tent City, Dr. Nettrice Gaskins, the Director of the STEAM Lab at the Boston Art Academy High School, recommended I read this excellent article that she cited as part of her dissertation. I wanted to share it with the community.
At the Fab Learn Conference last weekend, I was struck that Paulo Blickstein set the tone by making a strong argument for maker education to focus on inclusion and equity even suggesting the importance of giving "an unfair advantage to low income youth."
Digging out of the happy chaos at the end of a maker program is always a challenge!
I'm finishing up the last payrolls, trying to put the lab back in order after 34 youth teachers produced socially conscious inventions and hundreds of children bounced through making small projects that introduced them to the creative possibilities of STEM, as well as getting youth teachers to write thank you letters and complete reflection surveys.