Andrew Collins

Andrew Collins

Training Manager for Raspberry Pi Foundation North America. Find me on Twitter: @ascollins

Location Oakland, California

Achievements

Activity

  • Hope everyone has completed their action plan!

  • Thanks for this thoughtful response, @Fiona(Fifi)Perry !

  • Agreed! Makerspaces are great for students who need a bit more room to be fully active while they build and create.

  • This is one of my favorite applications/environments for a makerspace.

  • Hi Everyone! Welcome to Week #3!

  • I would definitely recommend asking parents to bring in materials.

  • Agreed!

  • Agreed!

  • Hope everyone was able to start their Makerspace Action Plan this week : )

  • I like everyone sharing the word 'Creativity' ... that's key!

  • Agreed! It's best to try and bring a regular schedule to seeing students in your makerspace if you can.

  • Awesome! I hope this course is useful for you : )

  • Great to have you in this course, Diane!

  • Andrew Collins made a comment

    Hi Everyone! Nice to e-meet you. Looking forward to joining you on this learning adventure : )

  • Glad to hear. Mark. Hope you're into and enjoying Week #2.

  • Great ideas, Simon!

  • Bien! Nice work!

  • Nicely done! Thanks for sharing here : )

  • Scratch is very powerful, but I agree that there are parameters and restrictions based on the types of blocks available. Python really opens up that next level and new world : )

  • Welcome everyone! Glad you're taking this course : )

  • Nice! What IDE are you using? Mu or IDLE or Thonny?

  • Alpha should work just fine as a IDE for Python!

  • I agree with your evaluation, Andrea. Interesting applications for people who are visually impaired (to use the voice controlled GUI environment).

  • Hi Darrell! Great to see you on this course : )

  • Excited to see everyone on this course! Welcome!

  • Good to hear this feedback from your perspective, Cristina!

  • Scratch is definitely a great beginner language for any new coder.

  • That's great to heat that the action plan was helpful for you, Molly. I agree that physical computing is a very engaging addition to makerspaces ... I hope you do incorporate it!

  • Hope everyone has had a chance to update their Makerspace Action Plan! : )

  • Simple success metrics are important to track. I would focus on what will be most valuable for you (e.g. attendance, projects completed, returnees).

  • Ditto. I really liked the example of bringing in old electronics and just letting students break them apart to explore them.

  • Sounds like a great group to support the makerspace!

  • Probably not much risk with the simple tools, but good to have safety glasses and hammers if you have those on hand.

  • Nice! Yeah. i would also stop by local grocery stores and they might be willing to give you extra plastic & cardboard items.

  • Glad this list was helpful, Mary : )

  • I agree with that approach: start small and grow over time : )

  • Hope you make a great start on your action plan! This is an important first step!

  • Great to hear! Yes. Makerspaces don't have to be fancy. They can be simple with simple tools and still have BIG potential : )

  • I would suggest inviting them to visit your makerspace at all stages. When you're first building, when you're halfway, and when you have a showcase at the end. That way they can see the quality of progression.

  • Please note that you don't need a Raspberry Pi computer to complete a project! I recommend trying the Rock Band project with Scratch: https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/projects/rock-band

  • Awesome! I love Scratch for new coders. In the next step, you'll be able to try out a digital making project using Scratch : )

  • This map may not contain all makerspaces. You could ask around and see if a local library has a maker program or classes too : )

  • Most public makerspaces do have some sort of a fee to cover staff time and resources cost. If you ask, they have work-exchange programs though so you can give your time and get lower membership fees. Where are you located in Indiana, @ChristaMathews? We have a lot of programming in the Indianapolis area.

  • Awesome! Where is your library located, Mary? Are you in the USA?

  • Hi Everyone! Welcome to the course. We're excited you'll be learning with us : )

  • Hi @IanMacIntyre ! Good to see you here : )

  • Hi Everyone! My name is Andrew and I work with the Raspberry Pi Foundation in North America. I'm taking this course so I can learn more about it as recommend it to our educators in America and Canada : )

  • Love this course!

  • Great idea to reach out to the community to gather supplies.

  • Hope everyone was able to complete this Makerspace Action Plan! This is your final step for this course, but your first step toward making your makerspace a reality : )

  • I agree that there definitely needs to be training associated with the initiative. Makerspaces are really driven by the people who lead them and it takes passion to make them a success.

  • Agreed!

  • I agree. This is a great project. I've seen a few other STEM Buses or 'Mobile Learning Labs' popping up across the United States.

  • Agreed! I would also ask parents and community members for donations. Often people are giving away yarn, ribbons, tools, and other maker materials and so would be happy to donate them to a good cause!

  • I really like the mentor / caretaker responsibility. That seems like an empowering way for young people to be safe stewards of the makerspace.

  • Sounds like a plan! I would highly reccomend asking for donations from parents (via the PTA?) and community members. This is a great way to source cardboard, crafts, and other basic maker materials. People would love to donate their supplies, I'm sure! : )

  • "A functional maker space is more useful than a heavily resourced classroom." .... well said!

  • Yes. I can see this when it comes to physical computing. I would start small though and build up as students become more comfortable with tools like the Micro Bit, Makey Makey, and Raspberry Pi.

  • I hope everyone has enjoyed the first week and started their makerspace action plan!

  • Great to hear, Kayla!

  • Yep! That's the perfect explanation: a free flowing space of ideas and maker materials : )

  • I agree! Makerspaces are always changing and growing based on the needs of it's audience. It's a flow-friendly space! : )

  • Nice! I agree. Makerspaces should be open to anyone who wants to create.

  • Nice! Rock band is a great starter Scratch project. Want to share yours here? If you're using the online version of Scratch 3 you can share the link.

  • Awesome project, Ellie! Great that you incorporated the Makey Makey : )

  • Nice! Having crafts and 'crafty' materials on-hand are one of the best ways to get started making. Were you able to find any NGSS aligned makerspace standards @AmberAcosta ?

  • From what I understand, many public libraries in Canada also support makerspaces. I know Toronto Public Libraries have many.

  • Yes! One of our Raspberry Pi Certified Educators leads the Maker Depot in New Jersey: https://www.themakerdepot.com/

  • Welcome, Rubin! Great to hear you're interested in developing a makerspace. Are you based at a K-12 school in TN?

  • Yay CoderDojo! Great to see you on this course @CoderdojobcoAtDsgCork.

  • Hi Kayla! Great to see you on the course. That's exciting to hear your center is interested in building a makerspace. What audience / age learners do you work with?

  • Andrew Collins made a comment

    Hello! My name is Andrew and I'm here to help you throughout this course so please feel free to ask questions at anytime. I'm based in Oakland, California and before joining the Raspberry Pi Foundation North America team, I was a middle and high school science teacher in Brooklyn, New York as well as a museum educator at the California Academy of Sciences.

  • Welcome everyone! Excited that you'll be joining us on this course : )

  • @BenHall I like Mu a lot. Has great features for youth!

  • I agree. Starting small is key and can help you grow for the long term :)

  • Yes! Good idea. I would even recommend offering PD sessions that are blended in-person and online using our online courses content: https://www.futurelearn.com/partners/raspberry-pi

  • Sharing in the library is a great way. I've been to several libraries that have a 'What's Happening this Month' board, which showcases and celebrates accomplishments & events from the community.

  • Looks great @FionaBaxter! I appreciate your attention to detail and consideration of opportunities to have your makerspace be welcoming to all, including individuals with autism.