New York’s Next Top Makers Fellows Announcement


New York Economic Development Corporation Executive Vice President Eric Gertler will announce the selection of 6 companies for the 2014-2015 New York's Next Top Makers program.
The companies are being selected by a panel of expert judges including Maker Faire's Sherry Huss, Makers Row's Tanya Menendez, Microsoft's John Paul Farmer and Power Clip's Robin Reid, who was a 2013 Next Top Maker. The NYCEDC program serves as a catalyst for NYC-based hardware startups, innovative technologists and design-driven entrepreneurs to take their prototypes to market. Sponsors include Microsoft, Autodesk Fusion 360, Capital One Labs and Capital One Investing for Good.

The Two Week Electric Kart


Students at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School worked after school over a two week period to build an electric kart. They came into the project with few tools, little knowledge of how electric vehicles worked or how to build one. They drove their kart at the Cape Cod Maker Faire. We will discuss the project, its challenges and successes. They got help from experts, and sourced materials from unusual places.

Maker Education for the 2e Student


The challenges of Maker education for the twice exceptional learner illuminate significant issues for STEAM education in every context. Drawing from years of experience in hands-on learning, Kate Yourke will identify goals and obstacles both conceptual and practical, describing ways to enrich, differentiate, integrate and create with students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles. From guar gum to polarizing polymers, with needle felting, silkscreen and enamel, students have experienced the materials and processes of their built environment, gaining insight and making connections while enhancing executive function & coordination.


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