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)
Learning by Designing Games (with useful resources, #GBL)
Beyond Badges: Why Gamify? From @edutopia
Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz will be our first teen guest on #gtchat on June 21st at 7PM ET (US). It has been a long-standing request of many who participate in #gtchat to involve more students in our chats. We are excited that she has accepted our invitation to chat!
I first met Calista as a child quietly sitting at the back of the room at a STEM Advocacy meeting where her mother, Cynde Frederick, was speaking. She was folding origami birds; not something you would expect at a STEM meeting I thought. How wrong I was!
Calista is the founder and CEO of Origami Salami. Her interest in origami began with a gift ~ a beginner origami kit when she was 6 years old. The support to launch her company came from the Davidson Young Scholar Ambassador Program. They provided Calista with sound advice and inspiration on being a positive force in the world. She subsequently founded Folding for Good, a community outreach spin-off of Origami Salami which responded to the tragedy at Sandy Hook earlier this year with a special project – Operation Sandy Hook: Peace to You.
Origami, the ancient Japanese art of folding, has increasing applications in STEM fields as the patterns can be found in proteins, DNA, robotics and computers. It is used by NASA in the design of space telescopes, the Mars rover and space tethers. In medicine, it was used to develop a new heart stent. Calista uses her knowledge of paper folding to encourage other students to investigate the relationship between origami and science and become more involved in science careers.
Currently, Calista is a dual-enrollee at PA Cyber Charter School and Robert Morris University‘s School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science where she just finished her second year of college. She is also a member of the NASA Online Learning Community, a 2013 National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computer Science Award Winner, a 2012 Kids are Heroes honoree, a violinist with the Three Rivers Young Peoples’ Orchestra in Pittsburgh, a nine-time State Taekwondo Champion, a volunteer at Animal Friends where she organizes Operation Happy Sock to make safe toys for shelter cats and has lobbied for gifted education in her state House of Representatives.
Learn more about Calista:
Interview with Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz at About.com
Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz at Zoominfo.com
“2012 Service and Scholarship Award“, Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, 2012 Annual Conference
This past week, our special guest was Rebecca McMillan, Director of Online Education for Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. Next month, GHF Online will begin their second semester of online courses for gifted & gifted 2e students. Details on the classes offered can be found here. A transcript of the full chat can be found at Storify.
Chat participants came from 11 states and 4 countries with many new faces. Rebecca indicated that there were three new classes this term on mythology, critical thinking and poetry. She went on to explain how these classes are a sort of ‘anti-MOOC” – Massively Open Online Courses – “At GHF Online we’re looking to replicate those tiny intimate discussion seminars with passionate professors and motivated students . We want them [the students] to have a chance to engage with the instructor and each other in a safe, warm atmosphere.We take rich, meaty concepts & adapt them to younger students. We scale them to fit the students we have.”
GHF also revealed that there are plans to increase their offerings to include more STEM classes, webinars, and workshops for parents and professionals.
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‘MOOCs’ from The Creativity Post
GHF: What’s New for 2013
GHF: Local Support