But the real reason for this thread is Tamzen (Paul's wife) is a librarian and was interested in setting up "makerspaces" in the school libraries she works in. Sounds like things are progressing and there may be some volunteer work to come out of this to anyone who is interested. And if we help out a bit it may open some doors for us to get some community/education grants.
Anyways, here is the last message I got from Tamzen:
Hi Tim, my husband Paul and I came to see you at TechWorks in early September. Since then I have had a chance to pitch the idea of a "makerspace" in the school library to students in grades 5-8. Needless to say there was quite an interest. We will be having our first MakerSpace hangout/meeting next Tuesday. The students seemed to be interested in exploring and using the raspberry pi, computer coding, and robotics. I am not sure how the makerspace will evolve but I have a few groups of students in grade 6 that have submitted a proposal to me and are interested in leading a few sessions. (which is exactly what I wanted). From there we are hoping to offer different sessions to draw a variety of students in, and then hopefully we will have created a community in which all students can come and "make" their creations and share their collective knowledge and learning.
I came across this post the other day and I have e-mailed Liz to pass on the information of a teacher mentioned in the article that is using Raspberry Pi's in his classroom.
I just wanted to give you a heads up about our progress and that I may be contacting you for more expert advice or perhaps to attend virtually or in person during one of our sessions. (they are Tuesday from 11:45-12:45) If you have any information or ideas, I would love to hear from you. I am hoping to stay in touch with you and to have more to report in the coming weeks. Until then here are a few more posts that may be of interest to you regarding makerspaces and libraries.
A school wide collaboration featured in Wired Magazine: http://sslhof2012.blogspot.co.uk/
School MakerSpace Project: http://www.fontichiaro.com/activelearni ... e-project/
Public Libraries and MakerSpaces: http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2012/ ... ation.html