The Education Makers weekly maker jam is a dynamic and informal get-together of tinkerers that gather around ideas, challenges and projects. People can play and tinker with several technologies we have, such as Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, 3D printers, or bring their own. We are trying to create an inclusive safe space where people with little to advanced experience in making from all communities and identities can feel safe to take risks and learn something new together. Our space is wheelchair accessible. We welcome everyone, including any religion, backgrounds, and the LGBTQ community. We also love it if parents bring their kids and we usually have some snacks available.
WHAT DO PARTICIPANTS DO?
Education Makers are working on several projects. Some people come just to tag along and others come with their own projects, such as embedded LEDs, a do-it-yourself programmable car to learn STEAM concepts, a smart wire-car, and speech-recognition technologies to learn English. We have a few activities for kids too, such as playing with Makey Makey and making powered cars.
WHO COMES TO THE 5 À 7 MAKER JAMS?
Anybody in the university community who is curious about maker culture, or wishes to join our group either to develop expertise or share maker expertise towards social innovation. We’re not there to teach people how to code, to take 3D printing orders or to repair broken 3D printers. Instead we offer is a community atmosphere where we tinker together, solve problems and get to know each other.
This project is currently funded by the Faculty of Arts and Science, Concordia University.