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Agenda Based on my experiences in public and private education, as well as collegiate level education, I have encountered a lot of discourse on crafting equity in educational spaces which indicate a gap between policy and action. In this series of posts I am seeking to describe actions in relationship…

If you were at NJECC in March 2017, this is my presentation slidedeck. Keeping this short but really enjoy correspondence via twitter!  

I am currently at NJECC getting ready to present on “Your Equity-Oriented Makerspace”. Doubtlessly this post will have a facelift and update but I wanted to share my current slidedeck. Feel free to check it out and I will report on the conversation later! Links on this website for more…

Getting the STUFF! Even the wealthiest school can rarely buy all the equipment they want. Personally I recommend letting student and teacher interest guide buying. Still, you may have a list in hand and a need to buy. This post covers some simple ways to get the most for your…

School makerspaces do not need to come with everything. Still, it is nice to have a wish list. Many items can be designed with hand tools and some simple power tools like a dremel. Engineering projects may require a real woodshop or metal fabrication space as well. Very Expensive. For…

Generally I consider tools by student motivation. There are tools that people consider to be a part of makerspaces, 3D Printers comes to mind, and there are tools that emerge as important to individual makerspaces through participant interest. Students and parents expect to see artifacts like 3D printers and scanners….

While 3D printing is all the rage at our school, cutting with vinyl tends to be a major precursor and epic workhorse in the design space. We own a USCutter SC Series vinyl cutter. It has some basic features as well as a one-year warranty from the manufacturer. This is…

The Ultimaker 2 in my lab space is the perfect tool for a variety of skill levels. It works well, has plenty of premium features, and with the open software and hardware development community around this printer, offers options for future growth. Add-ons, such as a syringe based extrusion head,…

Make a lantern for Chinese New Year Supplies: Colored paper (construction paper or gift wrapping) Scissors Glue, tape, or a stapler Instructions: Fold a rectangular piece of paper in half, making a long, thin rectangle. Make a series of cuts (about a dozen or more) along the fold line. Don’t…

Loved the paper bags? Check out how to do this yourself! Cooper Hewitt put together this lovely activity and has the resources to support your planning. Check out their webpage and other links! Lesson: Paper Bag Design Challenge Video: Introductory Video Cooper Hewitt: Main Website