Making Spaces: Expanding Maker Education Across the Nation

Starting in the fall of 2016, the Montshire Museum formed a partnership with 6 rural schools in Vermont with the goal of helping jumpstart and sustain maker education in classrooms. Schools will create a crowdfunding campaign through Indigogo, plan professional development to build capacity within their staff, and engage the community to create awareness of the benefits of making in schools, gather support, and utilize local community and business resources. 

Making Spaces is a partnership between Google, Maker Ed, and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, which aims to develop a national strategy to sustainably integrate making into schools across the country.

The Prosper Valley School will create a STEAM Roller Mobile maker cart that can travel from classroom to classroom, so Making is accessible to all students in the school. Learn more.

Tunbridge Central Schools seeks to create a dedicated space in their school that is also accessible to the community, with electronics and robotics space, a 3D printer, and tools for sewing and woodworking. Tunbridge has launched their campaign! Learn more.

Main Street Middle School will expand their small existing Maker Space and afterschool program into a space for Lego robotics, arduino projects, and also plan to purchase a 3D printer. Main Street Middle School has launched their campaign! Learn more.

Otter Valley Union School, serving grades 7 to 12, will create mobile “Design and Make” carts and integrate Making into their existing science curriculum. 

Swanton School will create a Maker Space in their library. The team seeks to purchase tools and materials for toy hacking, woodworking, sewing, soldering, vinyl cutting, and electronics. Their afterschool program will also benefit from the Maker Space.

Thetford Academy will outfit part of the library as a “clean space” for digital tools, media creation and editing, and electronics. They will also produce kits that can be checked out by teachers or students. 

Weaving Strands of Knowledge: Connecting Culture and Science to Climate Change

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Weaving Strands of Knowledge is an international collaboration promoting conversations on global sustainability by bringing together personal narratives of climate change with community knowledge and climate science. This project will engage two culturally distinct communities, rural New England and Bhutan, in conversations and knowledge sharing focused on urgent issues of environmental sustainability.

Project activities will take place in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire and in Bhutan’s capital region of Thimphu and rural villages in the Tsirang district.

This project is a partnership between the Montshire Museum of Science, the Folk Heritage Museum and Tarayana Foundation, in Thimphu, Bhutan; the University of New Hampshire, and the Royal Thimphu College

Weaving Strands: Connecting Culture and Science to Climate Change, is a Museums Connect project. Museums Connect is an initiative of the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the American Alliance of Museums. 

Follow the project on Twitter at #WeavingStrands and #ClimateStories.