O’Reilly’s Make and Otherlab Win DARPA MENTOR Award to Bring Making to Education: Program Will Help Establish Makerspaces in High Schools – Sebastopol, CA, Jan. 12, 2012—O’Reilly Media’s Make division, in partnership with Otherlab, has received an award from The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in support of its Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach (MENTOR) program. The team will help advance DARPA’s MENTOR program, an initiative aimed at introducing new design tools and collaborative practices of making to high school students.
Makerspace, developed by Dale Dougherty of O’Reilly Media and Dr. Saul Griffith of Otherlab, will integrate online tools for design and collaboration with low-cost options for physical workspaces where students may access educational support to gain practical hands-on experience with new technologies and innovative processes to design and build projects.
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This is a great idea. When I was in school there were two reasons I stayed after, before I got to a school with a shop (and a teacher willing to stay after with me) it was detention. After I found Mr Shram (best teacher I ever had) who saw something in me and fostered what he saw I stayed out of trouble because the detention cut out of my shop time. Mr Dougherty keep up the good work, and thank you for all you do.