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West Sac Prep to team up with Makerspace!

posted Jul 11, 2012, 9:32 AM by Roland Aichele   [ updated Aug 3, 2012, 8:13 AM ]

West Sac Prep was chosen by the Makerspace team to be one of 10 schools in California to pilot new technologies in education. We are very excited to forge this new relationship with the folks at Makerspace.

(from the Makerspace website)

With the Makerspace program, we're building literacy in design, science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematic, by combining what we and our partners at Otherlab have learned about the maker community and leveraging the fantastic energy and talents of everyone doing beautiful things.

We emphasize:
    -Self-directed learning
    -Lowering software + hardware costs
    -Making "making" more social + engaging

During our 2012-13 Makerspace pilot year, we'll try out new technologies. including Otherlab's innovative CNC hardware and 3D modeling software, in 10 California high schools while identifying best practices for making in schools. We recently got great news that we've been fully funded for our project, reaching 1,000 schools through 2015.

Click here to see the full post from Makerspace

What is Makerspace?
Modeled after hackerspace, a makerspace is a place where people have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects. It could be embedded inside an existing organization or standalone on its own. It could be a simple room in a building or an outbuilding that's closer to a shed. The key is that it can adapt to a wide variety of uses and can be shaped by educational purposes as well as the students' creative goals.

DARPA Mentor
The Makerspace program is an educational initiative created by O'Rielly Media's Make division, in partnership with Otherlab, supported by a DARPA MENTOR award

The Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach (MENTOR) effort is part of the DARPA's Adaptive Vehicle Making Program portfolio and is aimed at engaging high school students in a series of collaborative distributed manufacturing and design experiments.