M@AM at National Makerfaire

Makers @ Amherst Media (M@AM) was invited to help kick off the "National Week of Making" on June 12th and 13th at the National Makerfaire in Washington, D.C., Christine Olson, a doctoral student of communication at UMass, Liz Pongratz, an alumna of UMass' class of 2015, and Jim Lescault, director of Amherst Media, spent Friday and Saturday at the Makerfaire discussing the evolution of M@AM with visitors from throughout the country.

The Makerfaire provided an opportunity to share our vision of a community-based maker network and the experiences M@AM has had partnering with universities and local K12 schools. This evolution of M@AM was of interest to many educators and community members who were hoping to bring “maker” activities into their classrooms or who planned to create their own community makerspaces. Visitors to our booth found M@AM's incorporation of media making particularly innovative. Additionally, for those in higher education, the open-source science course held in our space last fall provided a useful model for interdisciplinary collaborations through "making."

In addition to discussing M@AM's successes and challenges, we were able to show off some of what our community has created. Visitors loved the electronic quilt built collaboratively during drop-in, the after school program, and at Hack for Western Mass and those who were not familiar with the potential for low-cost environmental sensing with Arduino were attracted to the air-quality monitor built by Liz Pongratz.

After a successful weekend we are returning from the National Makerfaire with many new connections and ideas. We hope to attend the World Makerfaire in New York this September so be sure to check back for more information.

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At 2:30pm on Monday December 14, 2015, Makers at Amherst Media will hold public presentations of work by Makerspace members during the Fall. Presentations will include UMass Open Science students as well as participants of the weekly open drop-in session. We invite you to join us to see what we've been working on!

Ron Fortunato at Amherst Media
Sep 22, 2015

Makers @ Amherst Media recently hosted Ron Fortunato, president of Trillium Learning and a NASA Space Ambassador for the United States, in our studios. He gave a presentation on a teaching program he calls "A World Bridge" where teams of students take on team-based learning, flipped, service learning, problem-centered projects that involve "open science" and "making." 

We are currently showing the video on channel 15 and it is available to stream on our website as part of the ongoing Makers @ Amherst Media series.

Jul 2, 2015

Makers @ Amherst Media (M@AM) was invited to help kick off the "National Week of Making" on June 12th and 13th at the National Makerfaire in Washington, D.C., Christine Olson, a doctoral student of communication at UMass, Liz Pongratz, an alumna of UMass' class of 2015, and Jim Lescault, director of Amherst Media, spent Friday and Saturday at the Makerfaire discussing the evolution of M@AM with visitors from throughout the country.

Electronic Quilt
Jun 11, 2015

Christine Olson represented Makers at Amherst Media at Hack for Western Mass on June 6 and 7. This annual event, a celebration of the National Day of Civic Hacking, brings technologists together with community partners to solve local problems. During the hackathon, people organize into teams and build websites, apps, and other technology projects to support local non-profits. In addition, the hackathon includes a "Youth Hackathon" with demos in Scratch, Minecraft, and our Makerspace.

iDesign Summer Workshop
May 28, 2015

Mount Holyoke College is offering two session of their IDesign Workshop for High School Girls. The first session will be hosted here at Amherst Media July 20-24 and the second located on the college campus August 24-28.