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Karen Wilkinson with The Tinkering Studio at The Exploratorium in San Francisco recently addressed the question “What is the difference between tinkering and making- is a tinkerer a maker?” To us, tinkering is a marriage of play and inquiry; a way of becoming more fluent and well-versed in working with materials, building new skills, developing ideas, learning new tools, etc… Tinkering supports learning that typically isn’t linear and where outcomes are varied. Makers come in all shapes and sizes. If you create something with your hands you are a maker. Makers cook, create arts and crafts, build bridges and robots,…

Public libraries have led the effort to provide access to 21st century technologies and learning resources, but now university and K-12 libraries are beginning to catch up. Makerspaces are one way a few groundbreaking libraries are trying to provide equal access to exciting technologies and skills. Librarians have been leading the movement to bring hands-on experiential learning to youth and families in their communities, and we are seeing more K-12 schools adding makerspaces. Now colleges are adding to their libraries to bring this type of learning once reserved for those in science and technology classes to all of their students, and providing resources…

In part five of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett highlights the tools and systems that drive the excitement and invention in his middle school makerspace. A true makerspace is defined not by what’s in it but rather by what comes out of it: projects, experiences, artifacts, and learning. The tools are just a means to an end. With that proviso, here are the 20 most important tools being used in our space right now . Read more at Middle School Maker Journey Source: Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools | Edutopia

Case Western Reserve University showcased its seven-story, 50,000 sq. ft $35 million makerspace called Thinkbox at its own “Thinkapalooza” earlier this week, as part of an Innovation Summit in Cleveland, Ohio. Thinkbox is available to students and faculty but it is also open to the public for free, serving the campus and the community as a workshop for creation, collaboration, and innovation. …the seven floors have been designed to accommodate different stages of development for a person or a project. The first floor is dedicated to community, a gathering place; the second floor is for ideation with lots of whiteboards…

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