After a two and a half months as a maker mentor I’ve had the opportunity to visit all of the programming sites, and this month, restart programming at another. Visiting each site revealed their particular strengths and challenges, as well as similar broad strokes of the same across the program. Since I have the bird’s eye view fresh in my… Read more →
The start of a new school year causes an interesting social ebb and flow at Maker Jawn. Some of our Makers return to us without ever having left – their shorts and t-shirts replaced by blue uniform pants and button-ups, eagerly tying each others’ smocks so as not to spill paint on their new clothes, excited to finish the project… Read more →
The Read! by 4th initiative is a city-wide effort aimed at majorly increasing the number of students in Philadelphia entering the 4th grade at reading level by 2020. At present, nearly half of all public school students in Philadelphia cannot read at grade level by fourth grade. In February Maker Jawn participated at a Read! by 4th program designed… Read more →
Over the past few months there’s been a lot of good tunes coming out of the Cecil B. Moore library. Being a producer and musician myself, I try to encourage as much music-making as possible. I’ve never been particularly crafty or good with my hands, but I am very comfortable making digital media, so at every Maker Jawn session I’ve… Read more →
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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When the vinyl cutter first arrived at CBM the makers were very intrigued. I had been given a quick crash course on how to use it, but had forgotten a key step to get this new device up and running. I ended up spending the afternoon troubleshooting with a group of 10 year-olds, which proved to be a lot of… Read more →