What would MakerEd look like if it completely equitable? What if “making” was no longer being culturally relegated to a definition that excludes many who need it the most? Please join as Nettrice Gaskins, Amon Millner, Debbie Chachra, and our FabLearn Fellows discuss what this could look like.
35 teacher participants enjoyed learning by doing experience with Nerdy Derby Racing in the biggest Education Expo in Bangkok, Thailand.
This expo is an annual expo on education that provided workshops and seminars for teachers from all schools throughout Thailand.
I recently helped to coordinate a “hackathon” with the Rockefeller University Science Outreach Program in part to address these questions:
- How can “making” or “STEAM” play out in the Life Sciences classroom?
- What role can digital design and fabrication tools have in the Life Sciences Classroom?
- How can physical computing tools and creative coding contribute to the Life Sciences classroom?
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."
Paulo gave me the tile of "Social Media Director" for the FabLearn conference this year, so, dear Fellows - you are all on the team too!
Let's make sure every maker-educator, researcher, and maker proponent know about this fabulous conference. Here's some suggestions below. I'll remind you a few times this month and next - we want this to be the MUST ATTEND event of the maker-ed calendar.
To an educator, summer brings much needed time for slowing down, reflection, and professional development. I had the opportunity to travel to NH to attend a most unusual, “minds-on” institute where you hang out with interesting maker educators and take the time to explore your ideas.