Maker Space at the Collingwood College Spring Fair

On sunday 16th oct 2016 i ran a pop up maker space at the CC Spring Fair from 10am till 4pm. I was assisted by Hannah, Kylie and Craig. I had planned 4 activities over the day and had created a display of resources that could be perused, several posters explaining the pupose of the makerspace and what we hoped to achieve.

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the activities planned:

drawbots

toy dissassembly

scratch

arduino

the drawbots and toy dismantling were very popular. in fact we were somewhat overwhelmed with interest from children and parents which didnt leave much time to manage the other activities planned.

many parents commented positively on the initiative and were very supportive. some asked why they didnt know of the initiative so the pop-up makerspace was successful in what it planned to achieve, that being to inform the wider community of its presence.

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CC Creativity Club Day #8

A smaller cohort attended today as it is the last week before the term break. Most of the students participating have been attending for several weeks now and enter the space with clearer intentions and aims. We had one new students, several parents, a high school teacher and the principal attend. One parent commented “It is the highlight of his week”.

We discussed the possibility of running a simple maker space at the Spring Fair as a means to publicise the activities and to explain the intent of the space to students, parents, teachers and the wider community. A parent, a teacher and a volunteer have agreed to help out so we will go ahead with it if it is not too late to enter.

The space has the potential to be a very useful resource beyond providing an avenue for students to explore creativity through technology. I envisage that the space we are creating at CC will be a space for:

  • children of all ages, primary through to secondary, from CC and the region
  • teachers pre & in service, to observe, engage and trial ideas, from CC and the region
  • a place to run PD for teachers from CC and the region
  • specialised classes, teachers may use the space and its resources in the same way students move to another facility for other classes e.g. art.
  • parents & extended families may also wish to make use of the space to support their kids or to learn themselves,
  • artists, local, invited, self-initiated, residency, exhibition, can often bring fresh ideas and stimulate others
  • makers, designers, hobbyists
  • short courses
  • fabrication
  • experimentation …  

Technology is to be regarded in the broadest sense; from paper and fabrics to coding and micro-controllers. What binds all of these technologies is their creative potential. Creative uses of technologies has been an interest and part of my creative practice for many years, and has been shown in recent NSF Funded Research that “the results confirm what so many education experts believed: STEAM or in this case, Art Based Learning of STEM works and works beyond expectation.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-m-eger/arts-based-learning-of-st_b_8724148.html 

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These teen brothers in Haiti build electronic toy trucks out of trash.

https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/798464666961709/

This Bolivian teen built a real-life Wall-E out of trash.

https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/654103054731205/ 

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