Hello Linino.org readers!
Today, I am fortunate enough to attend the Maker Education workshop held by the folks who present Maker Faire. I like to say folks. We’re all so lucky to be in the first Maker Ed Maker Faire week workshop – ever! Tons of teachers, administrators, makers, scientists, and revolutionaries were present. Basically, the only word to use is SICK! No wait…SIK (for the Sparkfun Invetor’s Kit guide…) no wait, the kids are really saying EPIC!!!
We were hosted at the fabulous Intel campus in Santa Clara and we got to ride on a shuttle bus – mobile networking 😉 The day started off with ambush – Art bot madness outside of Intel. I’m sure the Intellians really loved that… and that really set a tone for the day being so full of joy and learning and discoveries.
Everyone was loving my Bliplace-Better-Than-Diamonds necklace. I was proud of it too, when oh so recently, I just thought I was a lowly crafter, a modest sewer, maybe even a “creative person”, but now, I am far sexier – I am a MAKER!!!!
“What do you do?”
“I’m a Maker”
“Oooooooh, what do you Make?”
“I sew, cross-stitch, picked up some soldering”
And of course, now I can majorly add to the list that I am Linino Woman!! And also known in a split life as Arduino Woman! The Linino modules that we are launching at Maker Faire are just the new and improved Arduino! We are launching Arduino Yun, Microdog, Freedog, and Chiwawa, and they are all Linux and WiFi enabled. So I am just proud to be part of the production side of the making business of bringing new and powerful microcontrollers into availability, AND on the teaching side of getting kids and adults started in electrical engineering.
I digress! Dale Dougherty, THE MAKER, spoke to us, which was so cool because you can tell when he speaks to a large group, he’s so genuinely himself and really shared his sincerity and belief in this wonderful Faire, and he has opened up so many POSSIBILITIES to the world; the communities. AND, he invites everyone to become a Maker, so what are you waiting for?? You’ve been invited! Come in, the water’s fine.
We also heard from several kid Makers…famous kid Makers. Wow, basically, they are professional-Makers who are just so mature, creative, and achieving with leaps and bounds. I got to meet the 2 boys, and ironically not the 2 girls, but Joey Hudy and Schuyler St. Leger are some smart, fun dudes. Olivia Nicholson and Joey Okamura are the girls that you want RUNNING the Tech Shop in a few years J They seemed to have a ball with their inventions. Astrid and Jeremy were the very brave super-young Makers. Already on their first panel…whoa….
Later we had 2 session choices and these were both a chance to pick up new skills and splice with other people at the workshop. Of course there was a lot of fruitful networking going on, because we all need to help each other out! The web is so growing and synthesizing, and with Maker Faire – actual – just around the corner, I hope to see many of my fellow workshoppers as I rock it out at the cc Logistics booth in the main exhibit hall. You can find us in the Arduino section of course J. Please do come visit, I will be wearing my Bliplace-Better-Than-Diamonds necklace.
Lunchtime was the best time to be free to have some lunch, connect with Makers who had set up booths around the cafeteria like a slap-dash science faire, with the most exciting people and creative Making activities. There was even a mobile classroom to visit, like Atmel’s Tech on Tour Classroom, but this mobile classroom had ROCKS in it… Even more exciting though, I got to re-connect with my Makestar-buddy, Jeff Branson, of Sparkfun, and he brought along Derek Runberg too and man, those Colorado guys are smart, interesting, and approachable. Other celebs like Rick Schertle were out there making rockets – have some lunch Rick! No, he just Makes-on…
The day wrapped up too soon, because we had to get back to San Mateo and such, but all was well to end with Sylvia Martinez. Her new book “Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom.” She is so my new role model. An electrical engineer from first UCLA, then she obtained her Master’s in Educational Technology from Pepperdine. What a trajectory she has had and we can all benefit from her wisdom in her new book! Her Top Ten list was so thoughtful and really sent everyone home with some renewed hope and new somethings you hadn’t considered before.
Thank you to Make and Maker Ed and Intel and everyone involved in hosting the event, they were helpful and accommodating and calm and kind.
The day also really ended with more time to network over pizza, still new epic realizations…and oh…just the best ever thing that I love to do – play with Arduino in a class taught by Michael Shiloh. He is the coolest, smartest, best communicating teacher ever.
ONTO THE FAIRE!!!!
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