Pittsburgh, PA: The Labs @ CLP

“A public library saved me from the depressing isolation of cyber school”

Cyber schooling was not among my top choices for the dream high school experience. It was the last resort after my mother and I discovered we could not afford to return to Orlando, Florida, and it was too late to enroll in Pittsburgh-area schools. Read the rest »

Lynn, MA: Lynn Public Library Pittsburgh, PA: The Labs @ CLP Philadelphia, PA: Maker Jawn Portland, OR: Rockwood Library makerspace (Multnomah County Library) San Francisco, CA: The Mix at SFPL Thornton, CO: Anythink Libraries Billings, MT: TECH Lab

Understanding the Post-Emergent Phase of a Makerspace

Creating and starting a makerspace is an exciting venture; you build a team and purchase new equipment. There are a lot of resources (people and articles) that describe how emergent makerspaces can get off the ground. Once your makerspace has been open for a few years, you begin to experience challenges that are distinctly different from those start-up challenges, and there are very few, if any, resources that describe what this new, “post-emergent” phase entails. Read the rest »

Berkeley, CA: TechHive Richmond, VA: The MiX New York, NY: DreamYard Art Center New York, NY: New York Hall of Science (NYSCI)

The Story of Science Museums in the YOUmedia Network

Three staff from science museums in the YOUmedia Network gathered in New York to do some professional development around what YOUmedia looks like in a science center. Matt Baker from The MiX (Science Museum of Virginia), David Wells from Maker Space (New York Hall of Science), and Matt Chilbert from TechHive (Lawrence Hall of Science) recorded a follow-up conversation where they reflect on initial challenges to starting a teen-focused program, and move toward current challenges around expanding to different age groups, and considerations on funding and sustainability within their science centers. Read the rest »

New York, NY: DreamYard Art Center

Maker Programs Strive to Reach All Students

Through training and outreach, maker programs aim for greater diversity among future innovators.

The maker movement is everywhere it seems. Kids tinkering with sewing machines or laser cutters, designing their own cookie cutters to “print” in a 3D-printer at libraries, museums, maker camps, or classrooms across the country. Read the rest »

Billings, MT: TECH Lab Lynn, MA: Lynn Public Library Philadelphia, PA: Maker Jawn Pittsburgh, PA: The Labs @ CLP

Moving Past Start-Up: Supporting Library Makerspaces Over Time

A group of YOUmedia makerspaces band together to innovate and support library makerspaces facing the opportunities and challenges distinctive to the middle, “post-emergent” years.

The start-up phase of any project is often the most heady—long hours, innovative breakthroughs, visionaries with big ideas. Read the rest »