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Welcome to Makerscouts!

This is a program management and planning group for Makerscouts, an open-source effort to bring 21st century STEAM learning and community development to young children.

Want to get involved? We are in the process of 'forming and storming' the concept of Makerscouts with a wide community. This may seem strange, so just jump in and help out!

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Leave a comment on this blog and introduce yourself to the group. Share some of your background and why you might be interested in helping develop this idea.

6/26: The Advisory Board is being formed now. This week we will post an invitation to a conference call and Gotomeeting to coordinate and form the initial group. Stay tuned!

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#1

If you are new, leave an introduction and share your interest in helping develop makerscouts! We were going to develop an advisory team who can help model the program, develop principles, and create a game plan for the next several months. If you're interested in being involved in that, please say so in your intro.

#2

Hi All,

My name is Jarick Cammarato. I am the founder and Presdient of Makelab Charleston, SC's first makerspace. As A kid I never felt comfortable with the traditional scouting groups as they require you to fit into their mold. I think Maker Scouts should be an open and accepting organization so children can see that our differences add a diversity of views and ideas that can help in technology working groups as well as in society in general. I plan on serving on the advisory board.

#3

Jarik,

 
I've had several conversations recently with people in my area wanting to start a local Makerspace, and I'm starting to see a potential for a space here for a Makerscout group. So I'm donating $1,000 / month for the next three months, and will be doing some fundraising to find more like-minded people willing to contribute. I'm offering 10% commission for the fundraising effort, and have been talking with some people recently who have expressed interest. With a connection to the STEM school, we could do an after-school or school-field-trip style event, and may be able to get the school (or parents) to pay for them... to ensure sustainability.
 
I have a modest wood working shop full of new tools and a green screen recording studio in my home that I'm willing to donate to the space. I think it would give kids a fun theater style environment to play and learn, to present and record their impressions, feedback, and advice, and proudly show off the things they made to their family, friends... and others if they choose to share them online (opt-in with parental consent control). In addition, an A/V skill set could be developed, involving equipment setup, recording, directing, producing, publishing, and drawing attention to their content. Valuable, relevant skills in the 21th Century.
 
If we make sharing/generocity one of the principal values of Makerscouts, we can encourage a community with strong relationships around Planet Earth, a community of responsible and innovative Global Citizens with a presence online, using digital tools like text and video blogs, tool & skill wikis, etc., to connect and coordinate.  With some basic standards, curriculum developed by one local group can be reused everywhere else with greater ease and familiarity. Boy Scouts achievement books are okay, but they're very 20th Century and limited. They're static, impersonal, immutable, and non-interactive. A self-expanding encyclopedia of achievements, badges, skills, tools, and processes/methods made for different developmental stages or age groups is far preferable, even more so if every topic or project imaginable became available with a search.
 
Of the $100,000 I want to raise to start the local space, I'm designating $30,000 of that to the development of maker and maker scout curriculum, in addition to whomever we can inspire to volunteer their time, tools, or simply retell our story.
 
As far as materials for my electronics class, I used this video http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/annmarie_thomas_squishy_circuits.html from TED (one of my favorite sites and an endless source of brilliance), and brought in the conductive and non-conductive play-dough with batteries, wires, LED lights, and other simple components and winged it in terms of explaining how they worked and how to connect them. They had to do some basic troubleshooting when the lights were real dim with only one battery, so I explained how to connect both in series to make the bulb brighter, which forced them to partner with neighbors because nobody had enough parts to finish it alone (on purpose). It was only an hour and a half, two hours long. It would be so much better to have 4 hours, 10 hours, 50 hours of activities on topics like electronics, all in self-contained bite-sized pieces.
 
With record-and-share and learn-then-teach built into the Makerscouts culture, scouts and adults could perform experiments and share them with other scouts to build a curriculum, fleshing Makerscouts out from a skeletal idea to a living, breathing creative creature.
 
Best regards,
Dan Vanderboom

#4

I posted a fun little slideshow on the Dashboard to give people some ideas of what we're about. ;)

I'm James Carlson, Director of School Factory. I'm interested in creating a program that the School Factory can deliver to help hacker/makerspaces support families more; I'm very interested in STEAM as components of learning, and I believe in constructive and project-based learning models, multiple intelligences--and the idea that core values such as environmental sustainability, transparency, or collaboration can and should be shared with younger children.

Please share your intros with the rest of us so we can learn about each of you!

#5

Hi, 

I'm Paul and I live in sunny Scotland. Thanks for letting me help. I was a traditional Boy Scout leader for 15 years and I was a teacher of English Lit for 10 years the last 2 as head of an English Department. I have worked with councils training teachers and am currently working for Scotlands Exam Board. My job is assessing Literacy and Numeracy (as distinct form Math and English) across the country and presenting the results as a public report, which then helps teachers by explaining areas of weakness and strength in these subjects. I also work with E-learning and E-assessment suites and work heavily with the country's National Assessment Bank. I very much enjoy my job, it is a challenging but important role.

Here are some links to what I do and how we hope we are changing education in our country for the better.

http://about.narscotland.org.uk/

http://www.sqaacademy.org.uk/course/category.php?id=39

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/resources/s/scottishsurveyofliteracy...

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/thecurriculum/whatiscurriculumforexc...

 

Cheers!

#6

I'm not new, but, I would like to introduce myself.. ?if I have yet to.?

I'm Steve Berry

I'm a Maker, and computer programmer, and database administrator, and nerdy things alike. I also have a family with a 10 year old son who is excited about maker scouts. - his friends. about 5 of them. I have had the privelege of speaking to two of the parents and asking them if they would be interested in makerscouts. and plan to ask beyond and hopefully get a posting in the school news paper as well.

I hope to organize a large parent group meeting soon and get maker scouts rolling in south carolina. Jarrick has been an excellent resource of course.

I hope to see everyone on hangouts soon, and i'll be happy to contribute what i can in time and effort to get makerscouts in South Carolina well into start and beginning phases of success.

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