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Topic # 154388 26-Oct-2014 16:43
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Maybe I'm getting older and in need of a career change but over the last couple of years have had a growing hankering to do part of a day per week making pop up maker spaces, especially working in schools. 

For those who are not familiar - Maker Space is a place where people can come to experiment with making stuff. Its kind of Makersphere, on the move and an expo all rolled into one. 

one of the best times I had with some of the guys from a church I was attending was when we had a dad and kids day. We grapped our jigsaws, duct tape, plastic and some 5ply, stole the wifes vacuum cleaner / leaf blower and made six foot diameter hover pucks. I'm not sure who had more fun with them, us or the kids. 

The schools are not doing the whole IT curriculum very well (IMHO) and technology is not well represented on the whole. If you dont believe me ask your kids, or any kids you know, how many of them have had even one lesson in using WORD, Excel, Powerpoint, Proper Search engine usage, touch typing etc etc. If we had done the same with kids learning to use pencils we would have handed them a fountain pen on their first day at school and told hem to write Shakespearean prose without a single lesson on spacing, letter formation, slope, pen maintenance etc etc etc. 

But enough of that - just as an idle question, anyone else out there vaguely interested in looking at maker spaces for schools, or creating pop up maker spaces occasionally, or just getting together geek shed style to dicker around with stuff - you know the usual stuff like making a nuclear missle from baked bean tins, fart gas and a pile of old mouldy cheese - that sort of thing. 

Also is there any directory of computer clubs, hacker clubs etc for kids in chch, or other places? I've got four budding mad scientists who would benefit from some cross contamination eeerr pollination of ideas.



Shane




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  Reply # 1162481 26-Oct-2014 17:11
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Not schools. Kids freak me out.

Tinkering - yes.

(When I was at school we had a new set of rules that had something like "No catapults, airguns or nuclear weapons allowed on school premises". We held a Moot (a school meeting of the student body whose decisions were generally binding) and successfully argued that if anyone was clever enough to obtain all the parts for a nuclear weapon whilst at school and successfully build it, they were clearly responsible enough to own one and we had that part removed from the rules!)







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  Reply # 1322508 11-Jun-2015 00:30
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Geektastic: Not schools. Kids freak me out.

Tinkering - yes.

(When I was at school we had a new set of rules that had something like "No catapults, airguns or nuclear weapons allowed on school premises". We held a Moot (a school meeting of the student body whose decisions were generally binding) and successfully argued that if anyone was clever enough to obtain all the parts for a nuclear weapon whilst at school and successfully build it, they were clearly responsible enough to own one and we had that part removed from the rules!)


ha ha ha ha - that's really funny. Nice to see democracy in action :)




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  Reply # 1322566 11-Jun-2015 07:58
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Geektastic: Not schools. Kids freak me out.

Tinkering - yes.

(When I was at school we had a new set of rules that had something like "No catapults, airguns or nuclear weapons allowed on school premises". We held a Moot (a school meeting of the student body whose decisions were generally binding) and successfully argued that if anyone was clever enough to obtain all the parts for a nuclear weapon whilst at school and successfully build it, they were clearly responsible enough to own one and we had that part removed from the rules!)


I guess that you are not familiar with the tale of David Hahn.

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