Science & Art: Handmade Holiday Gift Idea

Go to a Makerspace!

Makerspaces inspire creativity!  These community places provide the space to combine science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM!) in order to make and create.  They are like an artist’s studio but also include digital making as well as physical making.  Activities include woodworking, electronics, computers, 3D printing, knitting, screen printing, sewing, and more!  Western Massachusetts has a number of community maker spaces to start brainstorming your do-it-yourself gift giving ideas.  Read the rest of this entry »

3D Printing Resources at Local Libraries Supporting STE(A)M

3D Printers as Community-Based Resource

3D printing, a type of industrial robot which can synthesize three dimensional objects for a variety of purposes, is one of the most exciting technological, scientific, and creative innovations of recent years. Local libraries and other learning centers have begun to support an interest in engineering, technology, and creativity by housing 3D printers and providing demonstrations of the technology. 3D printers can be incorporating into makerspaces (read more in our post, Maker Spaces: Community-Based Opportunities to Think, Make, Do, Learn and Share!) or they can stand alone as a resource.

There are several upcoming opportunities for families to learn about and utilize this new technology their your own projects.

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Community-Based Organizations & Workshops to Support Coding for All Ages

Organizations and Workshops to Support Coding for All Ages

Some educators in the field of computer science have taken up the motto that, “Coding is the new literacy.” Programming languages, the logic used to build tools such as websites and video games, do have similarities with the written word. Once you learn to read and write code, new avenues of understanding and building emerge. Knowledge of programming languages and can turn people from users and consumers to creators. Thankfully, there are several Western MA organizations and spaces which support this “new literacy.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Maker Spaces: Community-Based Opportunities to Think, Make, Do, Learn and Share!

Maker Spaces and Meet-Ups Provide Local Hub for STE(A)M-Based Learning

Filling the need for spaces in which to combine art and science, maker spaces and  meet-up groups are popping up all over western Massachusetts! Offering community-based opportunities to think, make, do, learn, and share, these intergenerational groups and gathering spaces can be valuable to young makers!

Lying in the space between ideas and their physical manifestations, makerspaces cater to the creators amongst us, providing spaces within which to combine science, technology, engineering, art, and math (a combination widely known as STEAM) in order to produce… who knows what! Makerspaces share some similarities with artists’ studios, but differ from the traditional studio model in that they encompass digital making as well as physical making. Makerspaces either offer tech-based resources to makers or welcome makers to bring their own tech tools, allowing technology a home within the realm of creation. Locally, makerspaces and maker meet-ups are popping up everywhere, providing opportunities for youth to engage in the process of creating within supportive, community-based, intergenerational environments.

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