Richmond, VA: The MiX

Why A Makerspace Popped Up in a Museum

Most people wouldn’t think of science as quirky, but if they’d witnessed a posse of orange, papier-maché robotic pumpkins racing down the hall at the Science Museum of Virginia (SMV), in Richmond, Virginia, they might re-think that image. Over the past several years, libraries, museums and community centers around the country have opened “makerspaces” where young people can come and play with equipment they may not have at home — like 3D printers or circuitry boards. Read the rest »

Kansas City Digital Media Lab

In 2012, the Kansas City Public Library (KCPL) received a YOUmedia planning grant offered through the MacArthur Foundation and Institute of Museum and Library Services to design a YOUmedia Learning Lab program. After some consideration and discussion, KCPL decided that a mobile lab would be a great starting point for bringing HOMAGO-centered programs to youth in Kansas City. Read the rest »

Tucson, AZ: Pima County Public Library

Teen 365 Helps Teens Create Pathways to Happy and Successful Adulthoods

Teen 365 is a year-round program for youth ages 12–18 that supports the vision and mission of Pima County Public Library services to young adults by ensuring that all YA programs support teens in developing skills, connections, and opportunities to create a successful and happy adulthood. Read the rest »

Philadelphia, PA: Maker Jawn

Fail and Try Again: Maker Jawn at the Free Library gets Philadelphians of all stripes involved in the maker movement

Antony, a 12-year-old seventh grader at Conwell Middle School in Port Richmond, has encountered a few unexpected barriers in testing his hypothesis.

“There are several flaws,” he says about the experiment he just built, a full water bottle with two straws hot glued into it, one of which is topped with a cardboard square. Read the rest »

Pittsburgh, PA: The Labs @ CLP

10 Connected Learning Lesson Plans from the Remake Learning Network

Ten members of Remake Learning, a network of innovative educators and organizations in Pittsburgh, have created a collection of lesson plans at Educator Innovator’s The Current capturing their original and engaging connected learning work.

For me, one of the greatest joys of teaching is the chance to learn from other educators: the opportunity to peek under the hood at all the moving parts behind a dynamite lesson plan, a thriving classroom, an effective teacher. Read the rest »