Here are my raw notes from:
Community Makerspaces: Idea Labs and FabLabs
Three very different presentations but all interesting. I especially like the activity cards for Denver Public Library’s badge system. If you have tech programming, check them out!
Uyen Tran (San Diego)
Creating a Community Driven Makerspace
San Diego PL – Bought 3D Printers before knowing what to do with.
Equipment – 2 3D printers, 1 3D scanner
Budget 0 for programming, $100/yr from Friends for filament
No programs initially
Staffing – one
Idea Lab – Media creation lab, more structured space at SD PL
In Makerlab, might do card making, but use 3d printer for custom designs. Also do rapid prototyping. Converted study room. Only people actively working on projects allowed in.
Lab open M-F when library is open. 800 visitors in 3d lab a month, 3d printers 100% free to use include filament. You give them file, then they print. Must be present at printing to understand how thing works.
Got a free 3D printer from Robo 3d and received 2 free silhouette cameo cutters
Reach out to community for staffing. Yuen reached out to local maker community. That also allowed the use of a mobile fab lab for a month.
Why do private Maker companies partner? Libraries are the gateway drug. Free basics at libraries, more advanced at FabLab, etc.
Local teachers come to library for Adruino club, draws other members and members present other classes.
You can do it!
- Work with the community
- Understand the Make Movement – In San Diego, this means drinking beer
- Be a maker
- Attend/host a Maker Faire – great place to recruit volunteers
- Do not be afraid to try out new things or fail
- Realize that you do not need to know everything
- Ask for help – local clubs offered 40 people to fix printers
Denver Public Library Idea Lab – https://teens.denverlibrary.org/idealab
Makers, Hackers and Badges at Denver Public Library
Hours are limited, but were seeing up 20 people a day. This got them a bigger space with configurable furniture, computers, couple of 3D printers and adruinos. Still mostly digital media.
Experimenting with Girls Only Idea Lab, once a month. Seems to be taking off. Also doing a monthly family lab.
Showed a cool PSA video done by kid.
Members of the Idea Lab fixed an LED sign.
In six areas. Each badge comes with a project cards see web site for details. Kids like the activities, don’t care about the badges. Only gave out 30 badges in past year.
Zeth is still excited about badges for lifelong learning. Points to Badge Alliance, a global group examining ideas for certifications.
DPL – U(niv) – Activity/Experience, verification,
DPL – fUn – Activity/experience, attendance badge
Need help with evaluation step. Maybe community colleges.
Jenny Howland and Susan Faust
Katherine Burke School (SF) K-8 (Empower and educate girls)
This presentation had a back channel https://todaysmeet.com/LibraryMakery
- School had a specific mission
School looks sort of Montesorri to me.
- Looking for the right place for the right task
Library and Makerspace are separate. Developing Makery Up and Down required a lot of rearrangement.
Up – Making
Down – Media
Kids made Oregon Trail Movie – Library mission combination of researching, reading and competence in using tools.
- Play to strengths
- Be Purposeful – Research countries, gather images from Google Earth, Green Screen to put themselves into postcard, learn to give credit.
Presentation offered a number of student projects. They read a book and then a build an object that represents the book.
- At the Forefront of Paradigm Shifts
Challenge of assessments. Working on portfolio assessment for 3&4 graders, including rubrics. Idea is to nurture personal responsibility for learning.