WKRG News 5 here in Mobile featured a story last night about the lack of Computer Science and Programming curriculum in local schools and across our nation.
CS and programming are not being taught to school kids.
Makerspaces have always been focused on learning. Learning to code and program both in digital and physical realms has always been a major part of the bedrock of “Maker” culture. With Open Source Programs opening the possibility for young programmers to peruse source code for mainstream programs and even operating systems. And Products like the Raspberry Pi and Arduino offering (more) affordable ways to dabble in coding, automation and even web serving, with minimal commitment and allocation of resources.
Makerspaces are now popping up in towns, schools and libraries all over the country (and the world)
People are coming together to build their ideas be it code or gadgets or machines.
P.S. Last night was part 1 tonight they will be showing part 2 be sure to tune in.
Our makerspace is all about sharing, collaborating and learning. We’ve held a few classes and workshops and the plan is to have many more of these. I was perusing another makerspace’s site and got inspired to highlight some of the classes other spaces have held or will be holding.
So my question to you is, what will you teach us? By collaborating we strengthen each other, we all have something we can learn or teach. All of our members are encouraged to Plan, Schedule, Teach, Volunteer and Attend classes.
We’re gonna work to get events created for February soon.
The rundown is something like.
2/15/14 – We are going to drive to Malbis and meetup with the guys from ECCM (around early afternoon)
2/18/14 – Planning meeting in the evening
2/22/14 – Not locked in yet but possibly an open outdoor build day, bring a project
We are also working on promotional materials for the Teen Tech Extravaganza with the library. We are looking at doing small posters (letter page size) and bookmarks.
We need projects to show the public in the event in March, something that moves or blinks or beeps, something with interaction and results.
Ben asked today (ben’s post) if we have considered using Kickstarter to gain some funding. So this evening I searched for spaces who have run kickstarter campaigns. This search yielded some very positive results..
Our next general meeting will be next Saturday on September 7th. This is open to everyone, so if you haven’t made a meeting in the past, now is the perfect time to meet everyone and get involved! Rick has secured a new meeting area in Shelby Hall on the campus of the University of South Alabama. This is another great step towards collaboration between our group and the university.
The first topic of discussion will be about our first Build Day. Build Days are centered around a specific project that we will all build together. For our first build day we will be creating a vacuum former. Have you ever wanted to make your own stormtrooper or Iron Man outfit? Well now you can! At the meeting on the 7th we will be deciding on a plan and assigning project responsibilities. If you are interested in this awesome project, you will definitely want to be there!
The next topic we will be going over our goals over the next 6 months, year, and two year marks. Fundraising ideas and what we want to do with those funds will also be discussed. We also want to hear from our members! What do you want and expect from the group? What other types of workshops would you like to see?