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Pilot Profile: Piner High School Makers

Dante DePaola is a biology teacher at Piner High School in Santa Rosa, California, and part of our initial group of Makerspace schools. He also happens to run a successful motorcycle business on the side. His interest in making – especially with regards to the rich, relevant experiences it provides for his students – is […]

WikiSeat: Standing Up for Education

The WikiSeat website About a month ago, I took the time to chat with WikiSeat co-founder Nicolas Weidinger, as a follow-up to his own post about his work in Oct 2012. His tiny organization designs and manufactures three-pronged modules called “catalysts” that facilitate the easy and innovation creation of chairs. What started as a college […]

What did you do for spring break?

Editor’s Note: This is another post in a series by teacher Aaron Vanderwerff of Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland, California. I don’t know about you, but my spring breaks were pretty uneventful throughout my teenage years.  Sure, there was probably a bit of schoolwork to do, and I would hang out with some friends, […]

Educators’ Workshop Review: Automata

   In late March, we held our fourth Educators’ Workshop. This time we chose the moving, engaging, swinging, rocking topic of automata. Basically mechanical toys, a typical piece of automata produces a surprising motion with only a small hand-crank or an initial input of energy. Once set in motion, automata sometimes engage gears or springs, […]

Educators’ Workshop Review: Sewing

     On Saturday, February 16th we embarked on another Educators’ Workshop adventure, hosted at the Makerspace at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa. This workshop’s goal was to introduce basic sewing skills, as well as the concepts of textile assembly (always trickier than they look!) With 14 enthusiastic people in attendance (of varying […]

Disruption Department’s Popup Makerspace: EdcampSTL

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from Greg Hill, the technology integration expert for a public school system in St. Louis, Missouri and the Project Lead at the Disruption Department, a group dedicated to providing “the platform and the resources for students to learn, to build, and to share innovative things.” It believes “all children in […]

Repost: Hello Kitty’s first flight into space

We couldn’t resist sharing this small step for kitty-kind, an inspiring feat by a teen made as a science project. “Lauren Rojas, a 13-year-old in Antioch, California, east of San Francisco…decided to send a Hello Kitty “catonaut” nearly 100,000 feet into space, with a high-altitude balloon, and to record the results.” Read more here: Today’s […]

FabLearn 2012: Digital Fabrication in Education Conference

Last week, a few of us from the MENTOR Makerspace team attended the FabLearn 2012: Digital Fabrication in Education conference at Stanford University’s School of Education. We met educators, researchers, and designers from around the world excited to teach kids how to make in the classroom. Several of our own Makerspace teachers were there: Jeannine, […]