A crowd assembles at the College of San Mateo for the Makerspace Launch

A crowd assembles at the College of San Mateo for the Makerspace Launch

The pilot high schools participating in the first year of MENTOR Makerspace program, funded by DARPA, were recognized at a launch event held at the College of San Mateo on Monday, September 10th. The event, organized by O’Reilly Media and EdSurge, was designed to raise awareness for the value of making and makerspaces in educational contexts.  A dozen or so local makers exhibited some of their projects and technologies such as Arduino and 3D printers.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and the White House attended the event. Martha Kanter, Undersecretary in the Department of Education, spoke on “Why the DOE supports Makers” and discussed the importance of developing interest in STEM fields.   Dale Dougherty gave some background on makers and the maker movement.    He said it was a personal challenge to “extend the maker movement into schools” so that more young people could become makers.    The MENTOR Makerspace program will help develop models for physical workspaces in schools that use advanced hardware and software for design and development of physical objects.

Saul GriffithSaul Griffith gave an overview of his 3D design tools at Otherlab and what they might mean for kids, presented in the style of Howtoons.

Dougherty announced the first round of pilot schools:

  • Analy High School in Sebastopol
  • The Athenian School in Danville
  • Da Vinci Center in Stockton
  • Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead
  • Independence High School in San Francisco
  • June Jordan School for Equity in San Francisco
  • Latino College Preparatory Academy in San Jose
  • Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland
  • Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa
  • Menlo School in Atherton
  • Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa
  • Piner High School in Santa Rosa
  • Pittsburg High School in in Pittsburg
  • Raoul Wallenberg Traditional High School in San Francisco
  • The Urban School in San Francisco
  • West Sacramento Early College Prep Charter School in Sacramento

Betsy Corcoran, the CEO of EdSurge (a co-host of the event) moderated a panel discussion on ReMaking Education (below) , which included:

  • Casey Shea (a math and shop teacher at Analy High School in Sebastopol, California)
  • AnnMarie Thomas (Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative)
  • Karen Cator (Director of the the Office of Education Technology, Department of Education)
  • Paul Heckman (Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Education at UC Davis.)

The archive can be found on UStream:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/making-makers

Unconference-style “Planting the Seeds” discussions in four areas (as below) followed:

  • BUILD IT: How a community builds support for a Makerspace
  • RUN IT: The essential logistics for running a Makerspace
  • TEACH IT: Available curriculum for supporting Maker activities
  • ‘STEM’ IT: How Maker activities support science, tech, engineering, and math activities.

Alongside our partners Otherlab showing off the prototype CNC cardboard cutter, a dozen other Makers showcased their work. Rick Schertle shared his Compressed Air Rocket Launcher. NASA brought their CubeSAT and PhoneSAT. Lenore Edman of Evil Mad Science came with her EggBot. The Nueva School and Castilleja School highlighted the great work they are doing in the classroom. And RAFT, Autodesk/Instructables, Arduino, Type A Machines, Open ROV, Switch Vehicle all came too with yet more projects that were also Inspiring to the educators in attendance.
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  1. [...] Stanfords ‘FabLab@School’ koncept hyllas av utbildare över världen. Nya pilotprojektet ‘MENTOR Makerspace’, ett samarbete mellan MAKE och DARPA har som mål att inom den kommande 4-årsperioden öppna 1000 [...]

  2. [...] Stanfords ‘FabLab@School’ koncept hyllas av utbildare världen över. Nya pilotprojektet ‘MENTOR Makerspace’, ett samarbete mellan MAKE och DARPA har som mål att inom den kommande 4-årsperioden öppna 1000 [...]