Monthly Archives: February 2014
The topic of Makerspaces was a fairly new concept for many attending this chat although the idea has been gathering ‘STEAM’ for several years. A big thank you to all those who contributed links. Hopefully, you will find what you’re looking for below. A full transcript of the chat can be found here.
Makerspaces are known by a variety of names including Hackerspaces, Fab Labs, and Maker Faire. Although the definition of a makerspace is generally a technology-based extension of DIY culture which can include such things as 3D printers, robotics, microprocessors, “smart” materials, and programming languages; it was also acknowledged that practically any space used for making things could qualify as one. It was agreed that they are here to stay and definitely of interest to gifted children who are creative.
Makerspaces – The Future of Education TEDx Luxembourg (YouTube 4:34)
Designing a School Makerspace from @edutopia
Make Space: The Book (Website)
Makeathon @ University of Michigan
Makerspaces – #MakerEd Page from @cybraryman1
You Can Make What You Imagine: Hsing Wei for TEDx (YouTube 7:42)
STEAMmaker Camp from ESSDACK
Make (Pinterest Board) from Terri Eichholtz
Makerspace Playbook (pdf)
Invent to Learn (book)
At this week’s chat, we discussed the benefits of mentoring gifted learners, where to look for mentors and how to set up a mentoring program. It was agreed that mentoring in general is good for gifted learners including peer to peer mentorships. A full transcript may be found here.
UConn Mentor Connection: A Real-World Experience! July 6 – 25, 2014
Mentoring of Gifted or High-Potential (Victoria, Aus)
ASPIRE High School Mentoring Program at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Connecting Gifted Students to Highly Successful Peers from PrufrockPress
NZ: The Good Ship Mentor (website)
Mentorships A Guide Book (pdf)
The Value of a Mentor from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum