Berkeley, CA: TechHive

This project will support TechHive, an innovative learning space providing fun, interest-driven, youth-inspired design challenges. As with the Lawrence Hall of Science’s popular Ingenuity Lab, the TechHive will encourage youth to apply an engineering design approach to creativity and problem solving. It will increase delivery of this type of experience by providing a new space where youth can develop and test a set of open-ended design challenges as starting points for inspiration and creativity using software, fabrication tools, STEM expertise, peer mentors, and social media.  All challenges will motivate participants to develop lengthier and more challenging engineering design projects that may involve any combination of digital sketching, computer programming, engineering design, fabrication, and digital storytelling. TechHive will leverage interest in new media to build young people’s 21st century STEM content knowledge, skills, and support career exploration.

Students Show Off TechHive Projects at Lawrence Hall of Science

High school interns from the TechHive lab at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science were featured in this article in Contra Costa Times. The 27 students displayed the various projects they worked on with engineering students from UC Berkekely and Lawrence Hall staff. Read the rest »

Making the Case for a Makeathon

TechHive is the YOUmedia Learning Lab based out of the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California. During the last weekend in May, TechHive’s staff and teen interns collaborated to plan, develop, raise funds for, and run a Makeathon. The idea for this event came from a shared desire to experiment with an alternative to the popular hackathon event. Read the rest »

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 »