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In this hangout you’ll hear from people who have been directly involved in planning and running new making and tinkering spaces with different audiences in mind (museums, schools and libraries). In two cases the paint hasn’t dried (or even been applied yet…), meaning they are in the planning and building process now. Everyone on the panel will reflect on their experiences up to this point, offer advice and suggestions to each other, and respond to questions you might have about their process.
Heather Singh from the Thinkery in Austin, TX
Casey Shea from Analy High School in Sebastopol, CA
Adam Rogers from North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries
Brent Richardson from the Houston Children’s Museum / Maker Annex
Samar Darwish Kirresh from the Walid and Helen Kattan Science Education Project in Ramallah – Palestine
Heather just helped launch the Thinkery’s newest addition, called Space 8: a Maker Lab for ages 8 and up. The Thinkery (formerly, the Austin Children’s Museum) recently underwent a major reinvention of their organization. This process has affected every square inch of their building, not to mention the programs they offer inside it.
Casey teaches a class called Project Make, which is where we first met. He was setting up a classroom space inside of the O’Reilly offices nearby. Since then he has been given a wonderful old space that he uses as a classroom for both his students and other teachers in his district, introducing both to the merits of making as part of a normal class day.
Brent, from the Houston Children’s Museum, recently opened their new Maker Annex, with help from the Chevron Corporation. At CMH they realize that kids have always made things, but in the Maker Annex, they’ll be encouraged to tinker and learn new skills to bring their designs to life.
Adam is a librarian specializing in emerging technologies and recently launched the Hunt Library maker space inside of a magnificent new library on the campus of NCSU, where they completely reimagined what a library could offer to students. That space was so well received that he’s at it again—this time creating a bigger and better maker space for their pre-existing main library building.
Samar is opening a space in Ramallah with a long-range vision: starting with a small and experimental space meant to inform a new building and science centre that is still a few years out. It’ll be fun to see what they’re imagining now, where they’re hoping to take the work in the future, and to check back in on progress along the way.?
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