Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education

“Libraries are all about inquiry,” says Valerie Jopeck, a former librarian and current education specialist for a large public school district in Virginia. But in this case, Jopeck is not talking about just online research or reading about animal behavior or electrical engineering.   Read the rest »

Pittsburgh, PA: The Labs @ CLP Chicago, IL: YOUmedia Chicago

Hitting the Library Circuit with Mobile Making

In an effort to reach more patrons and spread innovation, librarians are taking their digital learning and staff development programs on the road.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers everything you would expect at a library: books, computers, story time for the little ones. Read the rest »

Richmond, VA: The MiX

Learning Labs Put 3D Printing Skills to the Test to Improve Lives for Veterans in Virginia

When you think of a team that has won $20,000 in a Make-a-thon for prosthetics and assistive technology, you wouldn’t expect that the team consisted of three teens, an educator, and an engineer. You also wouldn’t expect that they would immediately release their ideas as an open-source project, enabling doctors, researchers, and industrial designers to bring the team’s creation rapidly into market, potentially changing the lives of thousands of people, including Veterans, who live with prostheses. Read the rest »

Berkeley, CA: TechHive

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 »