Ours is a little different than most: We want to have as many backers as humanly possible to SHOW the world that this is the direction people want libraries to go.
So—No matter where you are—donate a dollar or two and be heard!
also, new Minecraft vid. This one is a trailer parody. Just for fun.
We're L.A. Makerspace, a not-for-profit group of Makers, technologists, science teachers, optimists, artists, business people, and kitties co-founded by Tara Tiger Brown.
Our project: to train 600 public librarians in LA to teach science and technology skills and support them in providing 18,000 hands-on educational experiences for Los Angelenos.
Previous Video (Librarians Learn Robotics):
***UPDATE: A few words from our founder:
With the Kickstarter funds the LA Makerspace will do the following:
* Train librarians to run workshops at librarians in curriculum in robotics, electronics, 3D printing, film, Minecraft and more. Libraries don't charge so this is an amazing opportunity for you or your kid to take a class in what usually costs hundreds or thousands of dollars.
* Develop curriculum that ANYONE can use. If you are a parent, educator, librarian or something else, we will give you the curriculum so you can run your own programs.
* Help get kids grades up in math and science. Most grade 8 kids in LAUSD are doing really horribly in math and science. You can see the full stats further down this page. There is proof that taking workshops like the ones LAM provides can turn this around. Make sure kids in LAUSD don't fail math and science. I mean, come on.
* Offer affordable (free) workshops like Camp Minecraft. CM is being developed and run in conjunction with the Connected Learning Alliance and it's really top notch. ID Tech Camp charges something like $2000 for Camp Minecraft. The libraries don't charge for it. So if you put in $50 or $100 now, that's all you have to pay. An amazing deal. Plus, your kid will learn how to program while playing Minecraft. That would make you super proud I know it. In summary, kicking in some money will not only help your kid but thousands and thousands of other kids learn amazing skills that they aren't learning in school. Aren't in LA -- this still applies because we will share the curriculum with ANYBODY in the world. Give it to your kid's teacher or your local library or run a workshop in your own home (hello homeschoolers). Please back this Kickstarter and then share with others!
And now, a series of informational-type graphics giving some background on the state of STEAM in Los Angeles, why there's so much opportunity, why a lot of people are at risk for getting shut out of it, and why we need to try some new things to help...
The stats on that:
1. High Tech in LA: Its Employment and Economic Contribution in 2013, LAEDC Institute for Applied Economics
L.A. Makerspace was funded right here on Kickstarter in 2012! Since then, we've been kicking butt putting on workshops and generally hanging out, geeking out, and messing around with STEAM skills:
- LAM Founder Tara Tiger Brown interviewed on whitehouse.gov
- L.A. Makerspace on Youtube
- L.A. Makerspace on Flickr
Here's how the kind of hands-on, out-of-school STEAM experiences that LAM excels at directly impact kids' academic futures:
1. NAEP scores show hands-on science matters, afterschoolalliance.org
You see? Bam. We CAN make a difference and help a broader group of people—who might not be able to afford to pay for STEAM after-school activities or summer camps—to take advantage of all this L.A. STEAM opportunity.
And LAM has a plan, man, on how to reach them, right in their own neighborhoods—our own neighborhoods—via one of the largest public library systems in the world.
The plan: to give a series of "train-the-trainer" workshops for Los Angeles Public Librarians so that they gain the skills they need to hold their own Maker-style STEAM workshops for their branches, anytime they want.
Here's the numbers on that:
And in turn, at their various branches, using that knowledge, those librarians can have a tremendous impact:
Let's do this thing!
Our Board of Directors
Chairperson, Chief Encouragement Officer: Tara Tiger Brown
Tara Tiger Brown is co-founder of LA Makerspace and Represent.la to help connect and promote the Los Angeles tech startup community. She currently serves as Technology Director for the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub and Connected Learning Alliance and is Co-founder of KitHub (hands on kits for young innovators delivered monthly) with Luz Rivas of DIY Girls.
Brown has held every job title available in the software industry at numerous institutions and companies including USC, UC Irvine, Shazam, Topspin, and Microsoft. She has been known to blog on Forbes and was recently named a Los Angeles "Power Mom." She has been an Artist-in-Residence at MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, Austria and the first Hacker-in-Residence at SparkFun in Boulder, CO.
Director of Education: Becky Herr-Stephenson
Becky is a researcher in the area of media and learning. She is especially interested in what kids learn from media production, participating in online communities, and intensive engagement with media properties (i.e. media fandom.) She is a co-author (with Catherine Belcher) of Teaching Harry Potter: The Power of Imagination in Multicultural Classrooms, (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011). Becky contributed to the book that has become central to thinking about the future of learning in libraries: Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out.
Becky earned her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in 2008. She has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California, Irvine, a research fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and a research associate at the Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC. Currently, Becky works in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, where she manages an online journal and teaches courses on qualitative research methods.
Director of Citizen Science: Ariel Levi Simons
Ariel Levi Simons is an informal science educator and former high school science teacher in Los Angeles, where he also manages a student research program. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology he went to University of California, studying physics and education before graduating with both a science teaching credential and masters in education. Working with his wife, and other members of the Science Teachers And Research (STAR) network, he coordinated a water quality monitoring and mapping project with a number of high schools along the California coast. This experience, in addition to being involved with the Los Angeles-based engineering and artists group CRASH Space, has formed the basis for his involvement with Safecast in their efforts to establish a community-based radiation monitoring network for Japan following the meltdown at Fukushima. Ariel is currently involved in expanding a student research network in Los Angeles, expanding Safecast to include a variety of environmental data such as air quality, and is currently managing a community lab at LA Makerspace for students in Los Angeles to develop their own projects.
Scott David Edwards, Manager and Associate Vice President, Information Technology at The Capital Group Companies
Scott David Edwards is an information technology manager with expertise in systems development, integration, system performance, programming, and databases. He leads groups and individuals with skill and compassion. His thirty years of experience in business ranges through many different programming languages, hardware platforms, operating systems, and database environments. He manages high performing teams of associates constantly challenged by technological evolution. Scott believes that individuals have the best experiences in safe environments that enable learning and development.
Jeff Geoffray, Producer, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Blue Rider Entertainment, Inc., Blue Rider Pictures and Vumanity Media
Jeff Geoffray is a motion picture producer and executive with a deep knowledge of all facets of filmmaking, including financing, development, production, special effects, post-production and distribution. His passions include his family, his birthplace (Louisiana), music and “the business” of storytelling. He is one of the founders of Blue Rider Pictures, one of Hollywood’s most prolific, long established, film production companies.
Bill Lay, Founder & Principal, The William Lay Group
Bill is a technologist, scientist, finger-picker, avid gamer and part-time cowboy. He is an independent consultant, working in the space of data modeling, data analysis and visualization. He helps clients by providing strategy, building software solutions and training & mentoring. Bill holds a Ph.D. in Physics from UCLA where he studied theoretical condensed matter physics, with an emphasis on computational methods. He lives with his wife and son in Los Angeles. Current passions include Minecrafting, listening to and playing Jerry Reed & Chet Atkins and cattle ranching with his family.
Richard Tom, Transactional and Regulatory Attorney
Richard is an attorney with more than 25 years of experience focused in the areas of environmental compliance and permitting and governmental relations. In addition to his role with LA Makerspace, Richard is active in the California non-profit community, serving in leadership roles with Net Impact, Los Angeles Professionals Chapter, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles, and the California Bar Foundation. Richard holds an J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and a B.S in Applied Earth Sciences from Stanford University. Richard also attends the Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University. Richard lives with his wife, Peggy, and two children in South Pasadena.
L.A. Makerspace is fortunate to have a dedicated Advisory Committee that includes both the public and private sector and covers the diversity of L.A. in film, technology, space, manufacturing and higher education:
Amy Amsterdam, Director of Innovation, Los Angeles Economic Development Corp (LAEDC)
Sean Bonner, Founder, Crash Space & Director, Safecast.org
Jeff Burke, Assistant Dean, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Caskey Dickson, Senior Engineer, Google
Malik Ducard, Business Development, Google
Thomas Edwards, Dorkbot & VP Engineering, FOX Entertainment
Brian Foley, Professor, Cal State Northridge
Mark Goodstein, Entrepreneur, ldealab
Magalis Martinez, Creative Producer & Impact Designer, DIY Days
Kent Nichols, Beatbox LLC, Co-creator Ask A Ninja
Sergey Nuzhdin, Scientist, USC Nuzhdin Research Lab
Gabriel Peters-Lazaro, Graduate Student, USC lMAP
Cecile Read, Attorney at Law, Poole & Shaffery, LLP
Ricarose Roque, Graduate Student, MIT Media Lab Lifelong Kindergarten Group
Avidan Ross, Founder, Lion Wells Capital
Shah Selbe, Systems Engineer and Scientist, Boeing & National Geographic Explorer
Michael Shore, VP Worldwide Consumer Insights, Mattel
Sangita Shresthova, Director, USC Annenberg MAPP
Tatiana Simonian, VP, Nielsen Entertainment
Alisa Tager, Producer
David Waxman, Co-founder, TenOneTen Ventures
Mya Stark, Managing Director
Julia Borsch, Program/Administrative Coordinator
Eain Banks, 3D Printing Lead Instructor
Brian Foley, Scratch Lead Instructor
Jessica Judd, Stop Motion Animation/Tabletop Filmmaking Lead Instructor
Allen Pan, Electronics and Robotics Fellow
Timothy Young, Minecraft Lead Instructor
Crazed Volunteers who made these infographics and videos against all odds/reasonable bedtimes
David McNayr again
Asifuzzaman Ahmed a lot of times
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges: The usual. Instructor availability. Scheduling. We've tried to insure we haven't bitten off more than we can chew (reward fulfillment included) for one year, but unexpected setbacks can come up as we all know.
Luckily there's a way YOU can help make sure we do what we set out to do: volunteer for LAM! http://www.lamakerspace.com/volunteer_formLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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