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Maker Faire comes to Zurich

Maker Faire comes to Zurich
September 17-18, 2016, 10am – 6pm at Dynamo, Wasserwerkstrasse 21

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Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival for digital crafts and new technologies, with a focus on making, learning and sharing – exhibition, workshops, talks and fun!

3D-Printing • Laser-Cutting • Microcomputers • Internet of Things • Hacks • DIY • Electronics • Soldering • Knitting • Wearables • Open Source Hardware • Open Data • Steam Punk • Serigraphy • Robots • Drones • Minecraft

Info for visitors and makers: www.makerfairezurich.ch

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Maker Culture in Education

For the last couple of years, I’ve been digging into the place of the Maker Culture in Education. Knowing my interest in the subject, Zurich International School invited me to be a part of their “Maker Research Group” as a part of their innovation projects. We started our research at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. In our group we had representatives of different departments of the school. Art, Library, Technology and Classroom teachers of various grades had the chance to meet, brainstorm, collaborate and research together. As a former technology coach and maker enthusiast, I took on the role of connecting the group with the other educators who are into maker culture and practice making in their schools. As a result of research our group leader John Butcher (Grade 4 teacher) wrote a reflection piece. Please take a look and read it here.

Another interesting piece during our research was the survey we conducted amongst a group of educators from around the world. You can view my presentation about the results in the below presentation.

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Maker workshop for teachers @ Zurich International School

On March 3, 2016 I delivered a Makers Workshop for the teachers in ZIS. It was a great opportunity for teachers to have hands on experience in making.

Turning one of the classrooms into a Makerspace, allowed them to explore how teaching and learning take place in a Makerspace. One corner as a Makers’ Library, one corner for sewing, one corner for carpentry, another for tools and resources and two tables to be used as workspaces were set up.

Makers’ Library

Maker Workshop @ZIS

Sewing Corner

Maker Workshop @ZIS

Resource Center

Maker Workshop @ZIS

Workspaces

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First of all, I asked each teacher, the moment they entered the classroom a question: “Would you prefer the past or the future?”. This allowed me to divide them into two table groups. I started my presentation by going over what Maker Culture is and where the Maker Movement finds its place in the classroom. I followed this by reading a paragraph from the book ‘ Time Traveling with a Hamster‘. As you might have guessed, it is a children’s book about time travel. I asked the future and past teams to design a 3D interactive poster to promote time travel to the past or the future. Their posters were awesome! They had deep conversations around the tables viewing each groups’ final product. This not only gave the teachers the chance to make something but also sparked conversations around the value of making in education. The feedback I got from the teachers was great! They said it was a great opportunity for them and they learned a lot!

Please have a look at the photo album of the whole workshop below.
Maker Workshop @ZIS

Do you think Maker Culture has a place in education? Let me know what you think:)

Elif

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