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Maker Jawn Rides in the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby

This year the Maker Mentors and participants of Maker Jawn had the pleasure of participating in the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby. With the help of Stephen Horscha from Haley Trikes, we built a spectacular tricycle with giant paper mache books all decorated by the young makers of Maker Jawn. Kids from throughout the North Philly Neighborhood Cluster collaborated on our sculpture. Participants… Read more →

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Everything I’ve Ever Learned from Maker Jawn (Because You Should Never Be Afraid to Ask)

This week is my last week working with Maker Jawn. After nearly a year and a half of spending my afternoons working with kids, developing projects, and being a part of an amazing team of creative, caring, and innovative Maker Mentors, it’s difficult to say goodbye not for a lack of interest, but for a lack of continued funding for… Read more →

In Defense of Video Games in the Library

Many of the teens in the Teen Center are passionate about gaming. At first glance video games appear to be the anti-book; the idea of 2-4 teens teaming up behind a glowing television screen to slaughter morphed and mutated humans is not exactly the picture of traditional literacy. However, even something as simple as informally chatting with a teen about… Read more →

Open Letter to Librarians on 3D Printing

The other day I sat down with Chad Sansing via the internets to share some ideas about 3D Printers in libraries for School Library Journal.

Chad prompted me with the question: How can a librarian get ready for a 3D printer and purposefully design inviting, accessible projects. I felt my response would be a decent resource for those who read our blog, this is my response:
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Presenting Design Concepts to Youth

  At Maker Jawn, our primary MO is to make things. Obviously making things can be fun, but sometimes it includes steps that participants don’t like or understand. I’ve found that my students are extremely resistant to steps in the making process like sketching and prototyping. Being kids, and more specifically, kids who aren’t being taught much about creative thinking… Read more →