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..