Making Space for Tinkering, Design-Thinking and Technology in Education

Thursday, October 8, 2015 -
8:45am to 10:30am EDT
Philanthropy New York, 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC
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Over the past five years, the “maker movement” has generated significant buzz, and “makerspaces” are popping up in libraries, museums and schools. Proponents believe that the movement will transform education and close the digital divide; critics have argued that - absent thoughtful design and oversight - these spaces can make tech less, not more, inclusive.
Join us for this conversation about makerspaces and how funders can play a role in this movement. 
  • The educational benefits of encouraging youth to create, tinker and learn-by-doing in an unstructured, technology-infused environment
  • The design, equipment, programming and other features present in effective maker spaces
  • Proven approaches to promoting equitable access to technology through making 
  • How funding the creation and development of makerspaces can help foundations advance their missions; and what funders should consider when evaluating proposals for maker programs and spaces 


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All interested funders.


8:45 - 9:00 AM  Check-in
9:00 - 10:30 AM  Program

Registration is required by October 7th.

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)

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