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With 7 days left on our Kickstarter, and our goal made, it's time to announce stretch goals!! 

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 

 1. The Nation’s Report Card Los Angeles Unified School District Snapshot Report, 2013

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:

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:

Which means:

Let's do this thing!

The Team:

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.

Advisors

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

Althea Ducard

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

Staff

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

Filmanthropos

David McNayr

John Stephenson  

David McNayr again

Asifuzzaman Ahmed a lot of times

Will Erokan

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_form

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    *WORKSHOP* Google Sketchup with Machine Project's Chris Weisbart

    Sketchup is a great, free 3D modeling tool that allows you to quickly and easily create 3D geometry suitable for printing. In this workshop you'll gain an overview of all the tools available in the free version of Sketchup and build your first 3D model.

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    *WORKSHOP* ComputerCraft coding + intro to Minecraft modding with LAM's Coach Shindigs

    ComputerCraft is a mod (with full SMP support) which adds in-game computers. Each computer comes with its own Operating System featuring a host of built-in programs, and can be programmed to do anything you want with the easy-to-learn Lua programming language.

    Let's Play: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBrPjInYOoM

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    *NEW* 3Doodler Workshop!!

    Get your hands on and play with the world's first 3D printing PEN! Rated for ages 14+, younger kids may attend at your own risk with close adult supervision.

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    Location and Date: 2015 TBA

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    *WORKSHOP* Projection Mapping with Machine Project's Chris Weisbart

    How do projection mapping artists make buildings come alive? In this workshop we'll go over the basics of breaking down a location into geometric shapes and mapping a projection to a small test scene.

    Check out what projection mapping can do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO6UODvGEf8

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    *WORKSHOP* Build a Pepper's Ghost with Machine Project's Chris Weisbart

    In this workshop you'll learn how to use an 19th Century stage illusion to conjure up your own tiny ghost! Using simple materials you'll create a shoebox size apparition using the same techniques as Disney's Haunted Mansion and Tupac "holograms."

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    *WORKSHOP* Conservation Drones with NatGeo Explorer and LAM's Resident Rocket Scientist Shah Selbe (Boeing), part of National Geographic's SoarOcean project.

    Learn what a drone is, how it's assembled, and how to fly them, and how they can be used to monitor and protect our oceans.

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    Spend the day at the beach learning robotics, conservation, and aeronautics for $50? Where do I sign up? Oh yeah right here!!

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    A private 3D Printer Hangout for 10 at the location of your choice! Download designs or design your own with help from LAM 3D Printing Lead Instructor Eain Banks. Make your own amiibo?

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    *GREATEST BIRTHDAY PARTY EVER*

    LAM will throw a 3-hour hands-on science party for up to 25 kids at the location of your choice!

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    A Classroom Electronics Kit for 30 from our sister startup, KitHub!

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    LAM will give a 30-person workshop at the library or school of your choice!

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    Sponsors a 3D printer for LAM library programs! You will be showered in thank-yous and paperbot designs and stickers and Artbot kits (well maybe just one each of those last two) AND -- your name on a laser-cut plaque on the printer, memorializing your gift. For Lyfe.

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    Looking to start your own Makerspace or Maker education program for kids? Get in-depth mentoring from LAM co-founder Tara Tiger Brown, either in person or via Skype if you're not in town. She consults on this stuff for major corporations... you're getting a mega deal.

    As well as: Anything/everything. All the workshops. Access to any LAM instructor to create the party, workshop, gadget, idea of your dreams.

    You will be showered in thank-yous and paperbot designs and stickers and Artbot kits beyond the dreams of avarice. And you will be a true hero of LA.

    Thank you in advance.

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