Compass Green

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Compass Green takes sustainability education to at-risk youth via a 25ft mobile greenhouse. Compass Green will be teaching various aspects of Biointensive Sustainable Mini-farming, for the rural or urban eater.




danceroom Spectroscopy: Navigating the Nanoworld

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dS is a unique project that's part video game, part art installation, part musical instrument, and part immersive science visualization. It brings together scientists and artists who are motivated by a desire to reveal and interpret our connection to the beautiful and subtle microscopic world. And it gives audience members the opportunity to see their own energy field, and use it to dance, sculpt, and play with a simulation of the otherwise invisible atomic world. It is used in public art galleries, schools, and festivals to make serious science seriously fun!




Empowering Diverse Young Techies through Soft Circuits

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Young women frequently avoid electronics and programming because of its cultural stigmas and apparent lack of creativity. How do we expand computer science culture to be more inclusive to women? Here, we introduce Sew Electric -- a book that engages young people (and adults!) who don't consider themselves techies in creating technology -- by teaching electronics and programming through a series of sewable electronics projects, from building a singing plush monster to crafting a touch-sensitive fabric piano.


What makes a maker? – Habits, attitudes and skills that you can teach aspiring makers

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I teach a maker after school program at Science World, in Vancouver, Canada. Inspired by that work, I've spent the past two years researching the common habits, attitudes, and skills of the maker community, so that I can teach them in my class. I will share the results of my research and talk about my experience putting them into practice.



Mushroom Cultivation

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This presentation will provide faire goers all they need to know to go home and start growing mushrooms! Hands on will be offered all day both days of the faire at our booth to reinforce what is taught in the presentation. nWe will also offer folks the chance to make their own kit to take home so they can get started right away!


Camp Pedal Power

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Camp Pedal Power is the place to be if you're interested in turning your good clean Pedal Power into usable juice for amazing music, tasty treats, and other awesome activities. Get inspired to turn your idea into reality!


Don’t Forget Your Camera: Lessons Learned in Documentation

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Of all the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, one of the easiest to prepare for is the creation of your next project. Like every such event, you should have lots of pictures of the process and your only chance is now. After making the novice mistakes of relying on fuzzy photographs of a (temporarily) working circuit with an iPhone 2G and arranging for people to demonstrate a piece without taking lighting into account, Elizabeth wants to spare you the same agonies. Learn why, what, and how to document your next great project. Elizabeth will share opportunities missed, lessons learned, specific tips for documenting your next great project.








Making Makers Out of Young Children

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What does it mean to be a maker for somebody who hasn't yet learned how to hold a pencil, much less a soldering iron? Rebecca Grabman, MAKESHOP Manager at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, will talk about what ''making'' means with young children, giving examples of different contexts including families in informal scenarios, partnerships with local pre-K and Kindergarten classes, professional development opportunities for teachers, and work with educational media producers. MAKESHOP's practice is rooted in both formal research and practical facilitation.