Being a Maker is building, creating, collaborating, designing, analyzing, examining, and making connections in a myriad of ways. Makers tinker with things and ideas, and learn in an informal, or formal, atmosphere by working on projects, experiments and activities. As a Tech Education Entrepreneur, I believe Makers have natural curiosity about their world and how things work. A Maker world is where one experiences “hands-on” exhibits, demonstrations, projects and experiments; delving into real workshop environments by working with tools and work tables. The most important component of “Maker-ism” to develop critical thinking through the success and failure of individual and collective endeavors.
The Sankofa Global Project is stepping up our commitment by hosting hands-on Tinker Workshop Lab Event for 2,000 students in Manhattan and Brooklyn during the National Week of Making, June 17 – June 23, 2016. At the Labs, students will tinker with ideas and gadgets to learn about science in an informal atmosphere. The Tinker Workshop Labs offer:
Hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, projects and experiments
A rich workshop environment including tools and work tables
Critical thinking skill development through exercises in trial and error during successes scientific experiments
Inspiration for students to pursue careers in STEM by building self-esteem through real world success.
We are excited that Flybrix Make Your Own LEGO® Drone Kits, a hardware startup from San Francisco, California, will join the Tinker Workshop Labs to showcase Flybrix Kits. Makers, students, and teachers will engage in demonstrations on how to Make Their Own Drones using LEGO® bricks for hands-on robotics and engineering experience. We are pleased to announce that Play-Well Teknologies, a Pre-Engineering and Engineering FUNdamentals LEGOⓇ inspired program, will also join Sankofa Global’s Tinker Workshop Labs.
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.