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3d printing…like a hot glue gun?

3d printing…like a hot glue gun?

3d printers may not be a pervasive technology at this moment, but the tide is changing. Awareness of the technology is growing . People are beginning to see the potential of 3d printing. This is especially true when you talk about 3d printing compared to […]

Talking about 3d printing at Empire Farm Days

Talking about 3d printing at Empire Farm Days

Empire Farm Days are a big deal for many farmers across New York State. 3 days in August filled with shiny new farm equipment, educational programs and heat. What better place to set up a 3d printer and talk to folks as they wander by. […]

(Civic) Making for Sustainability – Career Explorations 2016 session

(Civic) Making for Sustainability – Career Explorations 2016 session

(Civic) Making for Sustainability – Technology, community and agriculture.  How does technology connect communities? How can the Maker Movement contribute to sustainability? During this session we’ll explore these questions in order to design and prototype technologies and systems for a vibrant, multifaceted community nexus. Some […]

littleBits in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua – a review of last years effort and preparing for 2016

This past January (2015) I traveled to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua as co-leader of a service learning class from Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). While in Nicaragua we conducted 3 ‘maker’ workshops with youth from a local orphanage in Puerto Cabezas. These workshops introduced littleBits and […]

Creating Community with Technology: Why Making Matters webinar series

The ‘Maker Movement’ has the potential to re-energize learning and revitalize communities. Is it just a flash in the pan or will the Maker Movement continue to grow and infuse new energy into local manufacturing, agriculture and education? This webinar series will look at places […]

A few initial thoughts on Distributed Making.

Recently, I attended MakerCon 2015 at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. It was a packed day and there is a lot to reflect on. Two panels, in particular, stood out for me and I’d like to offer a few comments on one […]

Technology in, for, and with community 1 | Fab Ateneus, Barcelona

Being based at a university, and working within the cooperative extension system, I’m always looking for models of community/university collaboration that exemplify a participatory engagement with citizens (Or, as some would put it- “stakeholder” engagement). And in our current era of makers and making, examples […]

‘Making” in public

  Last week I was able to spend 2 days at the New York State Fair as part of our attempt to get the Civic Makers program up and running. A large part of our time at the fair was spent talking and tinkering with […]

Civic makers

Civics, for some of us of a certain age, might call up memories of somewhat musty school books, droning teachers and student councils. It is one of those terms that can seem endearingly dated in our ironic (or are we post-ironic yet?), cynical post-democratic ( […]

Snap together solutions

Last week we ran our first code to craft workshop with 20 youth from across New York state. They formed 5 teams and set about using the available technologies (Scratch, littleBits, Arduino and more) to develop solutions to a community issue or problem. This is […]