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Pics & notes from makerspace and inquiry classes at @Chadwick_Int! #d3CI #STEAM #elemedchat #MakerEd

I had such such a great day observing a couple of classes at Chadwick International School as a prequel to Design Do Discover CI (which begins later this afternoon). @AngiChau and colleagues at The Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA founded Design Do Discover (D3). At some point, the head of Castilleja was chatting with the head of The Marymount School in New York City, so @JaymesDec got involved in planning an NYC edition of D3. D3 evolved into an annual summer event which alternates between the West Coast and the East Coast. Separately, Jaymes met Andrew Carle (@tieandjeans)  and Gary Donahue (@GaryMDonahue), both of Chadwick, over the years at Constructing Modern Knowledge. This fall, Andrew approached Jaymes and Angi about launching a D3 in South Korea. I saw Jaymes tweet about #D3CI and jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this experience. Fortuitously, I planned on being in Asia anyway to visit my besties in Bangkok and help launch edcampBKK (the first edcamp in Thailand!), so it all worked out pretty perfectly. 🙂

Here are some snapshots from Gary’s class where students collaborated on Grade 4 Garden Design Challenges. I loved that the class teachers are in the classroom learning/facilitating as well:

Here are scenes from Andrew’s awesome inquiry class exploring yurts as part of a Grade 3 study of Structures:

And here are some random pics from around Chadwick International School’s campus.The school is massive and modern with lots of bright, airy learning spaces:

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Photos and notes from another great #edcampnyc today!


I am so grateful that today’s 7th edcampNYC event was a great day for so many people! It could never have happened without my co-organizers, Ann Oro and Cathy Cheo-Isaacs, and the generosity of The Mandell School‘s administration and faculty (notably Peter Fletcher, Ben Chant, and Tiffany Della Vedova).

It was a big crowd that convened at Mandell‘s cafeteria with its lovely green plant-covered wall. I over-ordered from the Whole Foods UWS catering menu thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, BrainPop and PledgeCents. Whole Foods also contributed extra items to our cart so that attendees could properly carbo-load before the first session began.

It was awesome that Hadley Ferguson, Executive Director of the Edcamp Foundation, joined us along with two other founders of the first edcamp, edcampPhilly, and the Edcamp Foundation (Kevin Jarrett and Mike Ritzius)! I was also glad to see so many new and familiar faces including Lisa Nielsen who helped gather a large contingent of NYC DOE teachers and leaders as participants and facilitators. Also in attendance were organizers of upcoming edcamps, edcampBrooklyn and edcampStatenIsland!

The session board filled up with topics ranging from tweeting to coding, student voice to crowd-sourced funding, making connections to integrating makerspaces. The beauty of an unconference is that the schedule is BLANK until attendees gather and put up conversational topics that THEY CHOOSE to talk about. I stressed that whoever posted a session is responsible for facilitating a conversation rather than delivering a presentation. I also reminded people that the “rule of two feet” dictates that if you’re not being stimulated in a discussion, you are free to leave and move to another space. I joked that I always take it personally when people walk out on my sessions (#kiddingnotkidding), and I mentioned that following the #edcampnyc hashtag on Twitter is a terrific way to gather resources and ideas from other sessions without leaving whatever room you’re already in.

Many thanks to Godwyn Morris, owner of Dazzling Discoveries, for hosting attendees at her Upper West Side Makerspace afterwards. So many people enthusiastically walked an additional 9 blocks north to explore Scratch 3D, 3D design with Tinkercad, Makerbot printing, and constructing simple machines with DazzLinks (a new product from Dazzling Discoveries).

Here’s a link to the 2016 edcampNYC session board: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/1BPJFosW5joMUqKDZ8xlso2hHyokF_QipL6YfEJzYcUk/pubhtml

Here’s a link to the Tagboard of #edcampNYC tweets: https://tagboard.com/edcampnyc/search

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Fascinating differences in cost to outfit a #makerspace in just the last 3 years! @jaymesdec #MakerEd

I’m at the Makerspace at the Columbia School of Engineering, because I’m curious about how it differs from other spaces and because @JaymesDec is giving a presentation, “So you have a Makerspace… Now what?”

I’m a huge fan of Jaymes and his work and everything he has done to elevate my practice and the practice of so many educators, hobbyists, families, and schools interested in STEAM and fabrication and community making experiences. He’s a graduate of NYU’s esteemed ITP program, a founder of The Makery, a Fab Lab and MakerEd evangelist, an international speaker presenting about his work and the great work of his students and colleagues all over the world, and a genuinely really nice and generous guy who happens to be a an expert in his field and always ready with help and advice.

The event tonight is hosted by SOWING: A Network for Science Outreach Professionals. I’ll be sure to pay attention to future events via their Eventbrite page: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/sowing-a-network-for-science-outreach-professionals-8297133199

During the presentation, Jaymes referenced:

  1. How much cheaper it is to outfit a makerspace than it was three years ago!
  2. Get great ideas for new hardware and software projects from Kickstarter. You can follow people who vet Kickstarter campaigns, as they are likely to back great ideas.
  3. The “Keychain Syndrome” as described by Paulo Blikstein in this piece: https://tltl.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/files/documents/publications/2013.Book-B.Digital.pdf
  4. The cost of makerspace has lowered significantly in the last three years since he launched the first Fab Lab at Marymount.
  5.  Better to get multiple cheaper items (like the Printrbot Simple Metal) rather than one more expensive machine.
  6. Issue of bottlenecks at machines – having multiple machines helps, but encouraging students to do different types of projects and to teach other and to rotate equipment helps with this.

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