The Maker movement is a grassroots effort to democratize technology and innovation: to transform consumers into people who create, produce and, well, Make things. Makers at Amherst Media, a town-gown collaborative, is an effort to provide a physical space where a community of people with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) can meet up, work on projects, and learn through “Doing It Yourself” or “Doing It Together.” It is also a place where Makers of all ages can come together and help and learn from one another. With partners in the Town, UMass, and Public Schools, we currently offer open drop-in hours, workshops, an afterschool program, and a television program.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.