Wednesday, 30 August 2017

7 Ways to Have Fun at Maker Faire Eindhoven

Maker Faire returns to Eindhoven, this year as a fully featured faire with 200 exhibiting makers. Here's a small sample of what we're looking forward to.

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Maker Spotlight: Jason Wu

Meet Jason Wu, a high school student who is already the founder of a biotechnology startup and research associate at an acclaimed Institute.

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Mix and Mold Your Own Bath Bombs

As these bath bombs fizz, the rose petals disperse into the water and the lavender scent fills your bathroom. The recipe also has salt to soothe the skin.

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Edible Innovations: Meet Barbot, an Open Source Cocktail Maker

Barbot is reshaping the way people drink. This robot responds to its user commands and mixes and serves cocktails.

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12 Young Makers to Watch at Boston Mini Maker Faire

Boston Mini Maker Faire is coming up on September 17th. Check out these 12 young makers that will be exhibiting at the faire.

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Monday, 28 August 2017

Get Charged Up with This New Electronics Ebook Humble Bundle

electronics humble bundleOur latest electronics humble bundle features a raft of book titles that will have you well on your way to using dev boards, bread boards, and a host of other electronic components in your projects.

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Watch Lasers Cut Intricate Lace Designs From Paper

It is always amazing to watch a laser cutter in action, but seeing one burn beautiful designs into paper is truly mesmerizing.

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Maker Pro News: Hiring for Hardware, Bespoke Robots, and More

Despite appearances, the maker movement and hardware manufacturers are not on opposing sides. These maker pros prove as much.

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

This Week in Making: Robot Spray Paints Mural, Adam Savage at CRX, and More

This week, a robot painted a giant mural, Adam Savage attended Crunchyroll Expo, and Giaco Whatever created a Nerf dart bomb.

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Saturday, 26 August 2017

Friday, 25 August 2017

Tips of the Week: Little Felt Feet, Making Your Own Knobs, and the Wonders of Trauma Shears

Feet, nobs, and orientation dots for your hardware and tools you didn't know you needed.

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These Tiny Drawbots Put Unique Doodles on Coasters

In order to produce something interesting to bring to a monthly hardware meetup, Barton Dring created custom laser coaster engraver/cutters.

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Hacking Together A Smart Glove to Count High Fives at World Maker Faire

Keep track of each high five for a whole weekend!

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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Retro Enclosures for Modern Digital Assistants

Some fun projects to re-case digital assistants in cool, retro hardware.

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Five Quick Tips to Save Money on Your Next CNC Project

There are five ways to optimize and improve a the design of your CNC project for better results at the lowest cost.

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Maker Spotlight: Jason Childress

Jason Childress is a perfectionist whose attention to detail is seen in his woodworking. He's eager to attend Seattle Mini Maker Faire.

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The Music Lab at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Today we highlight a partnership between the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. These partners combine to offer the Music Lab at the library, an opportunity for patrons of all ages to see, hear, and feel real musical instruments, and interact with real professional musicians! Thanks to Erica Keller, Director of Audience Engagement for the CSO, and Kate Lawrence, Programming and Exhibits Manager for PLCHC, for answering our questions. ~Laura

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Can you give us the elevator speech about the CSO & Pops Music Lab program? 

Erica Keller (EK): Music Lab is a program developed by the CSO and Pops with partners from the community including Antonio Violins, Buddy Roger’s Music Inc and various music education organizations. Music Lab is volunteer-driven and provides members of the community with the opportunity to hold orchestral instruments, learn how to make a sound and to ask related questions. The Music Lab is for all ages.

LAIP: How did the program come to the library? If we think about programming as part of a collection of library resources and services, where does a hands-on music program like the Music Lab fit?

Kate Lawrence (KL): In 2011, the Library began a collaboration with the CSO, called CSO at the Library, which was intended to bring classical music performances to families throughout our system.  These are typically concerts with a small ensemble of musicians and consist of performances, discussions about their pieces being performed and demonstrations of various instruments.  Music Lab was added several years later and we typically host it in conjunction with larger Library events, such as Comics Fest and the World’s Largest Storytime.  This year, we hosted the Music Lab at our Sharonville Branch as part of Arts Week, during our Summer Adventure program.

Our Library’s mission is connecting people with the world of ideas and information and hands-on programming is one important way that we do that.  Programs like Music Lab not only tie into our collection, but give people the opportunity to learn about musical instruments and classical music.  Many of our customers, particularly children, lack those opportunities in their schools and elsewhere in the community.  I hope these programs enhance the participants’ appreciation for music and maybe even inspire them to make their own music!

EK: The Library invited the CSO to bring a Music Lab to the Sharonville Branch to kick off a library initiative called Arts Week. Like other library resources, Music Lab is an educational offering that allows for hands-on learning.

LAIP: The Music Lab seems to be youth oriented (I could be wrong!). Do you offer similar programming for adults to explore musical instruments or other aspects of music?

KL:  Definitely!  Music programming is extremely popular with our customers and we offer a wide variety of events, including guitar lessons, a monthly jazz series and a monthly series of experimental music performances.  We have also offered lectures and performances related to Cincinnati’s musical history and off-site events showcasing our extensive collection of vinyl records.

EK: Music Lab is for all ages, however many of our requests to host a Music Lab come from youth-centered organizations or events. We host Music Labs for adults as well, including in the lobby before select CSO and Pops concerts, and also offer a variety of opportunities by switching out the instruments we feature and incorporating a “Science Behind the Sound” component developed by our friends at Antonio Violins. This science-related offering features dissected instruments that usually prompt participants to ask questions such as how sound is produced, what materials are used to build instruments, and how they are assembled.

LAIP: As with any library program, challenges or roadblocks may arise. Do you have any tips or suggestions for library program staff who may be interested in coordinating a similar program?

KL:  Music Labs can be loud, but don’t be afraid of the noise!  Make sure it’s in an area of the library where the noise is not distracting to other customers, but consider hosting this type of program in your public spaces, rather than a meeting room.  While it is noisy, we have found that more customers engage with the program when it’s easily accessible.  Also, be clear in your promotion that this is not a performance, but a hands-on event.

EK: Music Labs make noise! Consider a space where sound is welcomed and encouraged. The first sounds you make on an instrument are not always easy on the ears, so make sure you have a room where participants can feel at ease when trying the instruments. Slight adaptations can be made for softer labs using instruments such as strings and flutes.



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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

New Nvidia Jetson TX1 Developer Kit SE Offers High-Performance AI Computing for $199

Get everything you need to create your next AI project, now at a price that’s perfect for makers, hobbyists, and students.

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Made in Trondheim: Jeans, Solar Race Cars, Wine Bottle Holders for Bikes, and Makers

Maker Faire Trondheim returns this weekend for the 4th annual celebration of Norway's maker culture.

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Flame Painting, Youtube Makers, and a CNC Giveaway at The Ozarks Mini Maker Faire

Talent from the rolling hills and rocky bluffs of the Ozarks.

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3D Printing and Machining a Mesmerizing Kinetic Wave Machine

It has taken months to finally cnc mill and 3d print this idea. Here are the files to make your own!

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RFQ: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library Grand Reading Room Ceiling Design

We are pleased to publish this Request for Qualifications on behalf of the DC Public Library – please share widely! ~Laura

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) 
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library Grand Reading Room Ceiling Design
Permanent Public Art Commission
Deadline: August 31, 2017
Budget: To be determined, with artist fee up to 20% of the project
Open to all professional artists, designers and art or design teams
Apply Online: http://bit.ly/2h7CByp 

The District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) Public Art Program is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and statements of interest from individual artists, designers or art/design teams for a ceiling treatment to be produced in conjunction with the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library, at 901 G St. NW. This is an opportunity to design a signature visual feature of the Library’s Grand Reading Room, drawing upon the Library’s vast Special Collections archive of D.C. history.

Applicants are asked to submit samples of past work, along with a statement of interest that explains the relevance of past work to this opportunity, by August 31, 2017. From this application, a professional Review Panel will award stipends to a group of semifinalists who will develop full proposals this fall. This call is open to applicants 18 or older; must be available for intermittent meetings in Washington, D.C. during 2018 and to oversee installation in 2019.

For questions, please contact Project Consultant, Natalie Campbell, at publicart@dcplfoundation.org.



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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Quick Tip: $2 Tabletop Gaming Reaching Tool for Minis

DM Scotty shows you how to turn some dollar store finds into a handy tabletop gaming reacher tool.

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Braid a Rainbow-Tastic USB Charging Station

TL; DR: Rainbow = awesome. Please click through for instructions.

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A Two-Ton Turbo Diesel Hexapod Will Roam Maker Faire Hannover

At Maker Faire Hannover, you could be walking along, checking out the sights, and be approached by the largest hexapod robot in the world.

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Creating an Image of Mars with Sheets of Rusted Metal

Part-time screen printer Barry Abrams created a print of Mars that is made out of selectively rusted sheet metal and black ink.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Maker Pro News: Adam Savage Meets Jack White, Growing a Tote Bag Empire, and More

Check out Adam Savage geeking out about vinyl making, Shujan Bertrand craft custom tote bags, and more maker pros from around the world.

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Maker Spotlight: Mark Rehorst

Mark Rehorst started working on photography and electronics when he was 9, and has since gone on to work in audio and build 3D printers.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

This Week in Making: Musical Lightning, Makey Pixel Art, and More

Watch lightning arc across the stage and create music, pixel art come together to create Makey, and the other stuff that happened this week.

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Tips of the Week: Clamp Caulking Gun, Painting Do’s and Don’ts, Swelling Wood Dents

This week we look at working with foamboard, making an impromptu caulking gun, and some painting tips.

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Maker Spotlight: Joel Leonard

Joel Leonard life’s mission is to build the next generation of skilled technicians by inspiring them through song and community outreach.

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The Procrastinator’s Guide to Safe Eclipse Viewing

Don't worry if you've waited until the last minute on finding a safe way to see the eclipse. You can 3D print, order, or quickly build a way!

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Magnificent Motion at World Maker Faire New York

Whether it is kinetic art, drone fighting, or power wheel racing, keep the energy flowing with things in motion at Maker Faire New York.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

3D Print the Adafruit Circuit Playground Chess Set

Print out and polish an electronics-themed chess set using metal-infused filament.

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Design Tips to Follow and Mistakes to Avoid When 3D Printing Metal

3D printing metal has yet to fully reach a mainstream audience of makers, but here's a few tips to get you started if you're interested.

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Maker Faire Beijing 2017 in Pictures

Projects, from delivery drones to workbench machine tools, engaged thousands of visitors this past weekend at Maker Faire Beijing.

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This Submarine Crib Looks Like it Could be Out of a Movie Set

Rob Adams, World Art Lead for the Destiny video games, built this submarine themed baby crib out of fiberglass.

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Featuring: Danielle Bonney

Today we welcome library-inspired fiber artist Danielle Bonney to the site! Danielle went to the library looking for a hobby and ended up embarking on a new adventure that involves not only hand-making items for her online shop, but also teaching her craft in libraries! Enjoy! ~Laura

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Please introduce yourself! Who are you, and what kind of creative work do you do?

Danielle Bonney (DB): I am Danielle Bonney and I sculpt birds and other animals out of sheep’s wool through a technique called needle felting. I live on the coast of Maine. It is here in the forest and at the ocean where I find inspiration for my work. I sell my work locally as well as all over the United States and Europe through my Etsy Shop, Wild Things Maine! http://ift.tt/2wSEzqj.

LAIP: As an artist/maker, what is or has been your relationship to libraries?

DB: My local library was the spot where this all started. I had never had any talent in any way with art or crafts, or really any interest in developing a talent for it. I could not paint, draw, knit, frost a cake, etc. I am a Social Worker and although that is very rewarding, but I don’t make anything tangible. I was thinking one day as I walked into my local library here in Kennebunk, I wish I had a hobby! As I approached the desk to return my books, a man brushed by me and threw a book on the desk in front of me. It was an instruction book with a penguin on the front, all about needle felting. I thought, this doesn’t look that hard, wool and a barbed needle, maybe I could do this? I went home, ordered the wool and needles and followed the instructions. Once I learned what I needed to know from the book I continued by watching birds outside and looking at pictures.

LAIP: How can libraries invite current – or potential – artists and makers to utilize their collections and resources?

DB: It is ironic, that now I not only am very busy creating and selling my work, but I teach classes in libraries all over Maine. The libraries invite me to teach and then offer the classes to local patrons and provide the supplies. My classes are full every time and people love it. It is so fun to see them all come in thinking and saying “I won’t be able to do this” or “I am not artistic” and then they leave having made a beautiful hummingbird, or a rabbit, or owl. They are so proud of themselves and surprised that they actually do have talent. Everyone does, they just need to try different things until they find something they love and a subject they love.

That is the great thing about libraries. We can research what we are interested in already, discover a subject we have never thought of or heard of before, but also be provided with a space and instruction to actually try something new.

From there students are so excited they want to keep going, find books on the subject that they can take home, and try other creative pursuits. They discover something new about themselves they never knew was there, just like I did.

LAIP: As an artist, what does your ideal library – real or imagined – look, feel, smell like? What’s in it? 

DB: As an artist, my ideal library looks a lot like my library I had as a kid in Kennebunkport. The children’s room in particular. It is filled with sunlight, a fire is going and the walls are painted with beautiful murals from all the stories we know and love: Alice in Wonderland, Charlotte’s Web, Peter Rabbit. I would Add Harry Potter of course! But my ideal library now offers a space for people to come from the community to not only read about other’s adventures, but learn about themselves, to dare to grow and dream, make new friends and laugh.  An attached bakery with the scent of coffee might be nice too! 



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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

6 Ways to View the Solar Eclipse Without Losing Your Eyes or Breaking the Bank

be safe and get a good view

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6 Things We’re Most Excited About at Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire

Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire is on August 19th. Check out what we're excited to see and then buy your ticket!

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Build a Raspberry Pi Scanner that Tracks the Devices Connected to Your Local Network

Make use of a Raspberry Pi to build a network scanner that will keep track of the hosts connecting to your local network. It’s actually pretty easy to do.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

I was published on the Ultimaker blog!

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The Retro-Industrial Wonders of the Mold-o-Rama

Long before the 3D printer began cranking out endless tchotchke, there was the "magic maker" known as the Mold-o-Rama.

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Build an LED Broom to Light Up Life’s Dark Corners

I realized I wanted a lighted broom for cleaning up in my office a few weeks back, but was surprised to find none available for sale. So I built my own by hacking an LED worklight into my favorite angle broom. Here's how I did it.

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Edible Innovation: Chloé Rutzerveld Explores Sweets from Scraps with STROOP

Chloé Rutzerveld got her start 3D printing layers of a support structure and an edible breeding ground, before moving on to making food.

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Maker Pro News: Data by the Kilobyte, Hearing Aid Hackers, and More

Maker professionals around the world are working to solve problems, whether it's addressing IoT connectivity or assisting pro-social hackers.

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Maker Spotlight: Shujan Bertrand

Shujane Bertrand first became an entrepreneur at 10. She started àplat to deliver meaningful experiences in food, wine, and gardening.

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CNC Cut This Open Source Hexagonal Board Game

Pocket83's hexagonal board game can be played with up to three people, and can be crafted via a variety of methods.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

This Week in Making: Sony’s New Dev Board, Continuous Belt Printers, and More

This week, "Handcrafted America" is back, a medical hack saves lives, we explore the pros and cons of continuous belt printing, and more.

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Friday, 11 August 2017

Tips of the Week: DIY Paint Washes, Precise Measuring, Encouraging Others

This week's specials include how to save big money on paint washes, two great measuring tips, and how to close a hairline gap with a hammer rub.

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Should Your Project Have a Code of Conduct for Contributors? Yes

Make the world a better place by holding your own contributors accountable with some simple to remember and easy to implement rules.

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CircuitPython Snakes its Way onto Adafruit Hardware

We sit down to talk with Scott Shawcroft, an engineer at Adafruit, to discuss their hardware transition to CircuitPython.

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Open World: South London Makerspace’s DIY Solutions for a Small Space

South London Makerspace created their own air casters to make the most of their small space. They documented the process so you can do it too!

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Adam Savage Nerds Out Over Vinyl Record-Making with Jack White

Take a trip to Detroit's Third Man Records as Adam records a song, talks with Jack White, and then tours his pressing plant.

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Edible Innovations: These Complementary Partners Are Growing a Fermented Foods Business

Mara and Willow King took their passion for pickling and created a dedicated factory and full time business called Ozuké.

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Build an Autonomous R/C Car with Raspberry Pi

Take a R/C car, Raspberry Pi, and some 3D-printed and laser-cut parts and assemble your vehicle. Then you'll be ready for the race track.

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Your Wardrobe of the Future Could Be Printed at Home

Danit Peleg is an international fashion phenomenon who 3D prints her fashion designs. She hopes for a future where one's wardrobe is printed.

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Camp Mad Media: Expanding the Digital Literacy Toolkit for Educators

Today I’m excited to share a program that just wrapped up its second year at Madison Public Library. Camp Mad Media is a quick-and-dirty workshop series that introduces educators, including teachers and librarians, to different digital literacy tools and concepts, while also providing hands-on play time ideas that they can easily incorporate into their classrooms during the school year.

Camp Mad Media is a collaboration between Madison Public Library, We Think Big, Inc., and a number of community partners.

Camp Mad Media quick facts

  • Workshops take place in either the Media Lab or the Bubbler Room at Madison Public Library’s Central Library.
  • Attendees are capped for each workshop at 20; typical registration/attendance is anywhere from 10-20.
  • Workshop presenters are recruited from a variety of organizations, including Madison Public Library; game companies like Filament Games; Madison Metropolitan School District; the Department of Public Instruction; and more.
  • External (non-library staff) presenters were paid $100 honorariums for their workshops.
  • Topics for 2017 included:

Camp Mad Media attendees work with the Maker Kits at Madison Public Library.

Attendees try out stop-motion animation at Camp Mad Media 2016.

What the program looks like

The outline for each two-hour workshop is pretty straightforward: 

  • 15 minutes to mix and mingle; workshop presenters may have general questions to pose to the group during this time to get a sense of who’s in the room.
  • 90 minutes of instruction and hands-on “play” time; presenters are asked to keep the “demo” portion short and sweet, with lots of time built in for the attendees to experiment and play on their own.
  • 15 minutes at the end for ideas for classroom / curricular application.

Lessons learned

  • As for many libraries, programming over the summer is always a little tricky since our space tends to be in high demand. Figuring out dates and booking space early is key. In a large building, there is the constant challenge of keeping staff at all desks informed about the program so that they are knowledgeable when attendees call or walk in with questions. 
  • In year one, we learned that we really needed to emphasize HANDS-ON with the presenters so that they had tangible goals for educators to work toward and enough time for them to play! This year was very successful in that regard.
  • A minimum signup (at least 10 attendees in our case) was utilized to make sure that we knew there was enough interest in a topic to hold the workshop. Only one workshop did not make the minimum signup requirement (out of six workshops total) in 2017.
  • We wanted to make sure that teachers could get CEUs for participating in these workshops, so ensuring that each workshop aligned with continuing education standards was vital.

Ideas for hosting your own digital literacy camp

  • Partnerships are key for this program–We Think Big, Inc. is an organization whose mission is to promote professional development, creativity, skill-building, and collaboration among educators, businesses, and organizations, so they were a natural partner on Camp Mad Media. Is there a partner in your community or region that’s charged with something similar?
  • Barring a partner like WTB, ask your school district if they’d be willing to partner on this with you, or at least help you plan and promote it to their teachers and librarians–and they can help ensure that you’re not duplicating work they’re already doing. If you’re a school librarian and think this is a great idea, talk with your public library’s youth librarian or even another programming librarian (for example, I work in adult services, although I collaborate with the youth services department to advertise Camp Mad Media through them).
  • Where to find presenters? Your own library (or system/consortium) staff may be a good resource–put the word out that you’re looking for people to share know-how related to digital media tools and projects. Local colleges and universities may have more flexibility in the summer, too. 
  • We relied heavily on apps and web-based tools in our camp this year, so we did not have a need for any high-tech or expensive equipment. Attendees could bring in their own devices or work on library machines (and sometimes we had them double up–working together can be fun too!). And low-tech ideas like a Board Game Jam can still promote ideas like Game Theory without ANY electronic devices at all.
  • For more inspiration, I recommend taking a look at Brooklyn Public Library’s amazing TeacherLab program. 

I’m happy to answer questions about this program; shoot me an email at libraryasincubatorproject@gmail.com with ATTN Laura in the subject line, and thanks for reading! Do you offer similar professional development opportunities for educators at your library? We’d love to hear about it–weigh in in the comment section!



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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Maker Faire Beijing 2017 Focuses on the Evolution of the Maker Movement

Now in its third year, Maker Faire Beijing, with its expanded offerings and focus on interactivity, promises to be the best iteration yet.

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An Ode to Maker Camp: What Makes a Maker? Childhood

maker campPart of the secret to making great things is prolonging the magic of childhood!

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Maker Spotlight: Jo Darrington of Q-Space

Jo Darrington created Q-Space, a queer and feminist community makerspace in Beijing, to share knowledge and skills and promote diversity.

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Open World: Touring London’s Biggest Workshops

Liam Grace-Flood begins his journey through London by visiting the city's two largest makerspaces: Building BloQ and London Hackerspace.

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