Building Idaho Makers – A Statewide Approach for Libraries

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Have you thought about implementing maker programs in your library? Idaho Commission for Libraries is supporting the implementation of makerspaces in eleven public libraries across the state in year two of the project. The project includes training on tools & technology, leveraging partnerships, involving community, and evaluating outcomes. The results include formal & stealth programming incorporating engineering, robotics, 3D printing & other STEAM topics to draw community members into these innovative programs and spaces! Come discover what Idaho is doing, what we are learning, and what's next.



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.






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.


RockIT CoLabs

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We are a new neighborhood Mini-Makerspace in downtown San Francisco. We are purposely small at 2,500 square feet so makers and hackers can easily get to know each other. We are a community of hackers that love collaborating.


Maker to Market: Overcoming Common Roadblocks

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Makers are innovators. They are trail-blazers capable of powering advancement in a range of industries. But what happens when makers run into common roadblocks u2013 like lack of funding or resources u2013 that prevent them from progressing a great idea? Join Proto Labs' Cool Idea! Award judges as they discuss where big ideas come from, the importance of creating opportunities that recognize and reward these ideas with the resources and tools necessary, the significance a working prototype plays to get others to buy into the idea (such as venture capitalists, potential backers in a crowd-funding campaign, etc.), popular hardware trends & projections.




Smoke ring trike 2.0

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Using a huge, 2 ft diameter, 6 foot long, vortex generator our trike blows giant smoke rings while being pedaled around Maker Faire. At night the trike will be lit up with EL wire and the smoke rings with LEDs.