Category Archives: Education

Develop Professionally with Maker Ed.

Mapping Making: Charting a Path for Your Maker Educator Practice

Fall 2016 online courseedu training

Maker Ed.’s Mapping Making: Charting a Path for your Maker Educator Practice is made up of five-session online modules that introduce you to important aspects of making and maker education. Each module takes you through a cycle of making, reflecting, sharing, and implementing with the goal of mapping out key elements of your maker practice:

  • Community
  • Space / Curriculum
  • Tools & Materials

As you take these elements into account, engage in the modules, and reflect on your experience, as well as the experiences of your peers, we will map out these three elements, and their potential intersections, related to your maker practice. By the end of the course, you with have a detailed “next-steps” plan based on your specific goals, needs, and educational environment. The “next-steps” plan is your final course assignment and is due Dec. 4th.

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Maker Educator Position Announcement

Apply to be a Maker Educator at the Newark Museum

Position Title:                                Part Time MakerSPACE Educator
Department:                                   Education
Reporting Relationship:              Reports to MakerSPACE Manager
Opening Date:                                September 30, 2016
Closing Date:                                  October 14, 2016

Position Objective:
Under the supervision of the MakerSPACE Manager, the MakerSPACE Educator will be responsible for delivering youth, family, and adult ‘maker’ programs connected to the Museum’s collections.  The MakerSPACE Educator will also assist in developing innovative and experimental uses of the MakerSPACE in connection to the whole Museum.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Museum’s education department in designing and planning creative hands-on ‘maker’ lessons and programs for children, families, and adults.
  • Welcome and engage visitors to the MakerSPACE including facilitating drop-in activities and hands-on interactives.
  • Lead formal and informal program and activities in the Museum’s MakerSPACE, including drop-in activities, community events, workshops, and school programs.
  • Conduct research on the museum’s collections, exhibitions and MakerSPACE applications.
  • Document projects using photography, video and writing.
  • Work with the Director of Interpretation and Evaluation to evaluate and assess maker activities using provided observational rubrics and structured formal and informal interviews.
  • Facilitate the operation of tools and maintain a safe environment for visitors.
  • Maintain tools in proper working and safe condition including Mill, lathe, CNC Router, Laser cutter, 3D printers and more.
  • Keep up-to-date inventory or supplies and materials and maintain organization of inventory.

Qualifications:

  • Working toward or holding a Bachelor’s Degree in education, art, technology or related field.
  • Knowledge of art, science, technology, and computer science.
  • One or more years’ experience working with children in an educational setting, i.e., school teacher, enrichment program, after-school programs, and summer camp.
  • Familiarity with project-based learning and child development.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Familiarity with specialized MakerSPACE equipment, like 3D printers, computer programming and Arduino microcontrollers.

Send letter of application and resume to:

Human Resources

Newark Museum

49 Washington Street

Newark, NJ 07102

humanresources@newarkmuseum.org

Maker Depot’s 1st Annual MAKERFEST

Maker Depot

First Annual Makerfest

Sunday, August 28, 2016 | 11 am to 5 pm

Vendors

We’re looking for everyone Maker, DIY, and STEM related to show off their wares and talents at this rain or shine, outdoor event including: DIY, woodworking, robotics, 3D print, laser cutting, crafting, fabrication and more.  We have space for up to 84, generous 10+’ booths. Your first booth is free, and includes tickets for four. Email us with questions on purchasing additional booth space.

Sponsorship opportunities for banners and advertising are also available.

Download your exhibitor application today.  Booths are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Attendees

Tickets available soon through Eventbrite! Advance ticket discounts available through August 27.

Click here to purchase tickets today.

Live demonstrations throughout the day!

Partial exhibitor list:

Habitat for HumanityJackie Stier Copper Creations ♦ GirlznDollz ♦ Rusty Old Man Art ♦ Tesla Science Center  ♦ Tech101KidsArtist So Yoon LymIvy Lane Garden Art  ♦ Twisted Creativity ♦ RoByn Thompson Art  ♦ felt.
JP Leathercraft  ♦ Bloxels  ♦  Printed Solid  ♦ Crooked Teeth Keys ♦ JDroids

New Jersey Educators create Hands-On Coding


 

In January of 2016, President Obama announced his bold “Computer Science for All” initiative.  This plan calls for all students across the country to learn computer science. Myself, Marcos Navas and Joann Presby recently launched an Indiegogo Campaign that supports this initiative.  Our campaign is two-fold; to provide Hands-On Coding Block manipulatives along with a Book Series that bridges the gap between Computer Science and Literacy. The goal of our Coding Blocks is to help Computer Science become pervasive in the lives of all children.  

If you didn’t Make it; here’s what you missed!

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Forging Steel

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Adorable Droids and tiny humans.

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Building a 16 foot Canoe

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Toys that are fun, simple, and just a bit dangerous!

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Red hot iron

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Soaring eagles.

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Step-by-Step creation of Action Figures.

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Giant puppets!

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Some really interesting stuff

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And just an amazing day!

Meet the Makers: Edison Makerspace

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In the tradition of our community’s namesake the Edison Public Library is proud to announce that it will be incorporating a Makerspace as part of its collection of services to the community. Some of you maybe wondering just what a Makerspace is. Makerspaces as a concept are a little hard to define but generally they can be thought of as creative workshops designed for the community to explore and invent. They align nicely with the current STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) movement in education but can include creative crafts and is available to all ages.

In the beginning the Edison Makerspace will be outfitted with an iMac and Makerbot 3D printer and a workbench stocked with hand tools. We will also be including a quilting sewing machine that sews programmed patterns from a template. Furthermore, we also have plans of including video recording capabilities and a keyboard for music composition. Arduino kits and Raspberry Pi kits have also been provided to allow you to explore and design anything from flashing display signs to robots and wearable technology.

Meet the Makers: Towhee LLC

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Maker Faire participants can sign up and form teams to meet an all-terrain challenge course using a stock Towhee ArtTech Kinetic Model A vehicle.

This is not your Dad’s pinewood derby. The challengers will need to test, modify, and race-run their Model A cars over various obstacles and terrain. A hybrid of Formula One and Rally racing, all teams will start with 2 stock ArtTech Model A kit cars — everyone starts with the same box of parts.

From there, teams can order up new parts that will be laser cut on-demand. Teams will be judged on: fastest course speed, design innovation, style, and audience appeal.

Meet the Makers: Marshall Sealy

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At Maker Faire Newark Marshall will be making and repairing brass instruments, making new instruments out of old brass parts from instruments, and repaing several dented and bent brass instruments.
Marshall will also give a performance on newly-made brass wind instruments!

Meet the Makers: Greater Newark Conservancy

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Greater Newark Conservancy invites makers to join us in growing a greener Newark. From community gardens to greenhouse hydroponics, community members are taking part in learning about, growing, and making healthy food. At our urban environmental education center green makers of all ages participate in hands-on, inquiry based environmentally themed programs. Two urban farms produce abundant harvests in the heart of the city that Newark Youth Leadership Project (NYLP) teens market through our Youth Farm Stand and Membership.

Learn more about Hydroponic Gardening at the Faire!

Meet the Makers: Cyprus Maker Community

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Cyprus Maker Community is a Livingston based maker community dedicated to extending the maker movement outside STEM. We are geared towards both children and adults, with a large following in both high schools as well as from professionals in the field. We believe one of our greatest accomplishments has been extending ourselves to athletes and those not involved in the STEM community. We pride ourselves in our award winning Robotics team, which participates in worldwide competitions such as FIRST; we’ll be exhibiting one of our designs here as well!

Learn to control and drive their robots at Maker Faire Newark!