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Yes, I actually spent time gathering my tweets from @MakerFaire NYC weekend. #MFNY17 #MakerEd

Since I can’t get Storify to embed properly into a WordPress.com site, and I still do not self-host a WordPress.org site, I am gathering below my tweets from the last few days at Maker Faire NYC and some Maker Faire meetups.

Thursday, September 21

I went to the Maker Faire NY “Real World 3D Printing” Panel at Fat Cat Fab Lab hosted by Matterhackers and Ultimaker. It was great to reunite with other independent school technologists and fellow Ultimaker Pioneers, Ian Klapper (@ian32one), Rurik Nackerud (@okay2fail), and Sarah Rolle (@artdabbler13). I’m ever grateful to Liz Arum (@lizarum), the fabulous Education Community Strategist at Ultimaker North America), for suggesting I join the Pioneers, sending me updates about awesome meetups and conferences, and encouraging me to submit a 3D project for the inaugural Design Challenge Starter Pack. I love that my 3D Mandarin Seals project is immortalized in print among other inspiring projects from educators and artists! Here are some of  my posts from the evening:

#NYCIST friends at this @MatterHackers @Ultimaker Pre-@MakerFaire 3D-Mixer. #MakerEd

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Friday, September 22

I attended the 3rd (and my 3rd) annual Make: Education Forum at the NY Hall of Science where I reunited with teacher friends from the NYC Department of Education, technologists from other independent schools in New York and around the country, and exhibitors I met previously at previous Maker Faires or conferences. At the forum, Dale Dougherty, CEO and Founder of Make, exuded inspiration, genuine excitement, and kindness as he launched the day, introduced each speaker, and moderated the Q&As. Here is the schedule of speakers from the day. As per previous years, Dale offered attendees a backstage tour of the Maker Faire after the forum. Below is the description from the website — it’s a great event to attend if you can swing it!

Co-hosted with our partner, New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), the event is Friday, September 22, at the New York Hall of Science, home of World Maker Faire New York, from 10am to 4pm. This year, our focus will be on computational making, rethinking professional development for maker education and how making is not just about creating a makerspace but creating a maker culture.

Hear from educators, makerspace organizers, librarians, local and federal state department representatives, and youth organizations who have developed models and platforms to serve this agenda. If you are an individual who is either formally or informally supporting and/or creating project-based learning programs for kids that support general STEM areas, as educational policy makers, superintendents and principals, or youth programing coordinators, please join us.

Here are the tweets I shared during the day:

After the Make: Education Forum, I made it to a Maker Educator Meetup  hosted/sponsored by Maker Promise, Autodesk, and MackinMaker at NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Makerspace. Here a tweet with photographic evidence via Mara Hitner (@3DPrintGirl):

Sunday, September 24

I made it to another Maker Faire NYC! Every year, I try to organize a block of tickets (through the Technology Department budget) for colleagues to visit the Maker Faire on Sunday, as there is a reduced Sunday group rate of 4 tickets for a total of $100. I also recommended people use their personal Professional Development monies if they want to get their own ticket to attend on Saturday. Additionally, I suggest they volunteer and attend for free (!) via the Make Faire Traveler Program. Here are my tweets from Sunday’s Maker Faire:

PS. I want to keep track of these tweets from others as well:

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Many thanks to @eeriley99 for inspiring LED shapes using glue guns & silicon molds! #MakerEd

Saturday was The Brearley School‘s #OneBrearley Block Party where the school community and neighbors gathered to eat, make, explore, learn, sing, and build together. I led an activity where participants assembled LED pins using lights, batteries, felt, clothespins, pin backings, and hot glue. This project was inspired by one of Erin Riley‘s tweets from last year (embedded below) about melting hot glue (from glue guns) into silicon molds and then popping in an LED to create molded lights. So brilliant and so simple! I am ever grateful to Erin of Greenwich Academy for inspiring me with so many of her creative, thoughtful, intricate, and innovative project ideas! Follow her on Twitter at @eerily99 and at her site http://erinriley.weebly.com.

 

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Feeling pretty lucky to have had a weekend of Our Whole Lives training at @brearleynyc

I’m thrilled to be starting my second year at The Brearley School. It’s a fantastic K-12 girls school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. I gush often about the stellar admin team, the incredibly accomplished faculty, and the fabulous students. Everyone is kind, brilliant, and passionate, and I feel very lucky to have joined the community.

An email went out to faculty last spring about joining a cohort to be trained to lead instruction in the Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum at the elementary, middle, and upper levels. I jumped at the opportunity to get empowered to further empower our students to make informed, wise, responsible choices. I was a volunteer Sex and Personal Health Educator (SAPHE) while a student at Bryn Mawr College, and I greatly appreciated that Brearley chose to implement OWL this year and offered us this chance to be so involved.

Below is some information copied and pasted from the Wikipedia page about OWL:

Our Whole Lives, or OWL, is a series of six comprehensive sexuality curricula for children, teenagers, young adults and adults published by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries.[1][2]Publication was the result of seven years of collaborative effort by the two faiths to prepare material which addresses sexuality throughout the lifespan in age appropriate ways.

The Our Whole Lives program operates under the idea that well informed youth and young adults make better, healthier decisions about sexuality than those without complete information. OWL strives to be unbiased and teaches aboutheterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, and transgender sexual health. In addition to information on sex, OWL is intended to help children, youth, and adults to be emotionally healthy and responsible in terms of their sexuality.

This past weekend, following the first week of school, about 25 of us stayed past 9pm on Friday, and returned to school at 7:30am on Saturday and Sunday for the training. It was exhausting, eye-opening, and important. I was skeptical at first, as OWL is published by religious institutions. However, the program is secular, thoughtful, thorough, inclusive, modern, and pretty wonderful. I was in the group of teachers trained to facilitate workshops for Grades 7-12, and remarkably, Pamela Wilson, the author of the Grades 7-9 text, was one of our trainers! Kathleen Baldwin of the University of Indiana was our other trainer, and both women have decades of OWL training and implementing experience under their belt.

  • Here’s a direct link to information and resources about OWL from Unitarian Universalist Association: http://www.uua.org/re/owl
  • Here’s a direct link to information and resources about OWL from United Church of Christ: http://www.uua.org/re/owl

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