Category “making”

TSW* Ep. 14 – Andrew Sowa, PCB Art, Overcoming Challenges, and Community


Andrew Sowa talks about the persistence behind making, his work in KiCad and PCB art, and how he views the influence of community and culture on his work.

Check it out over here.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

My work for the last five or six years has focused on hacking and making game consoles and game interfaces. That’s what the Alternative Computing Club is about, and that’s where I see the medium headed. Lately, I’ve noticed more and more folks have been getting involved in this space.

So I was really excited to see this new, curated page on Hackaday today that lists all of the different game/hack projects out there. There are some really cool builds in here, and as always, the Hackaday community makes really awesome stuff. Check it out!

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Free Professional Development STEAM Workshops for Educators

More info here.

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TSW* Session 13 – Which 3D Printer Should You Buy?

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Subscribe to This Should Work* on iTunes

I continue to learn how to promote a podcast and find an audience with every new episode of This Should Work*. My newest discovery? Getting people to rate and comment on your podcast helps its discoverability.

So! Here I am asking you, dear audience, to check out This Should Work on iTunes and, if you’ve been enjoying it for the last several months, please leave a nice comment and rating for us. It would go a long way in keeping this work going!

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Spacelab Winter STEAM Camp

We’ve been working on getting this out for the last couple months, but couldn’t bring ourselves to release it until it was *just right*. Well, I’m happy to announce that finally, I think, we’ve got the makings of an excellent STEAM program at Spacelab. Check it out.

Make something cool, tinker and learn, and take it home.

While at STEAM camp, students ages 6-10 make customized tech-projects. They learn about design, engineering, science, and applied mathematics. The registration fee includes project materials, and students take home their completed projects at the end of the session. Our teachers are professional educators with over 10 years experience and expertise in mathematics, technology, and design.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Philosophy of Making Presentation

Systems have become complex. Hard to navigate. As a result, it’s incredibly difficult to discern how the things around us work. This problem — not knowing how things work — has led to a symptom we’re all aware of: mistrusting the real. We question scientific facts (like the earth being round), well-regarded and verified information, even the sincerity of others. In other words, we are questioning reality itself. And it’s very easy to dismiss and deride these symptoms until we realize that they are part of a broader problem: people not having access to the information, knowledge, and ways of thinking that allows them to trust the systems around them. Systems, then, are part of the unknowable to your average student. And one of the greatest human fears is the fear of the unknown… instead of scratching below the surface and digging into the unknown, we build on top of it.

Here are the slides from a presentation I’ve been working on for a long time: The Philosophy of Making. I would highly recommend downloading and checking out the speaker notes as well.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Session 7 – FIRST Robotics in Education and Community Representation with Jackie Moore

Blurb for the episode below. Jackie moved her FIRST Robotics team, the Chicago Knights, to the Idea Realization Lab at DePaul last year and since then, I’ve been able to witness some of the amazing things she does every day. I had a really great time with this interview and hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the conversation.

In this podcast session I talk with Jackie Moore, Chicago Knights FIRST Robotics team founder and coach, makerspace organizer, Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire organizer, educator, and many, many other things. Jackie and I sit down to talk about the philosophy behind making — and making with other people — and what that means about how we can learn from each other. That, and much more, on session 7 of This Should Work.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

HAM Radio at DePaul

A while back I wrote about my love for HAM Radio. In particular, it’s not just that becoming an amateur radio operator is something that’s a useful skill now, but that the HAM community, and the technology that this group has been tinkering with for nearly a century, is the antecedent to many things we do today. It predates, but also foretells, maker culture. It is what got many of the first outer space explorers, cell phone inventors, and many others interested when they were kids.

It is important for us to know where we come from, and part of that is understanding the communities that these technologies group up in. HAM radio is one of those things, and I’m proud to say we’re now offering a five week course (if you include the extra week for the test) run by Mel Marcus, NE9A and Brian Davis, W9HLQ of the Hamfesters Radio Club, Crestwood, IL.

Check it out.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

This Should Work Session 6 – Aligning Maker Principles and Educational Learning Standards with Sarah Margalus

This was an interesting episode because it was an interview with… my wife, Sarah Margalus! Sarah is an educator, reading specialist, and maker who has been studying the alignment of maker principles to learning standards in the classroom.

A lot of sham “maker” and “STEM” companies out there try to sell a pre-packaged curriculum and/or makerspace, but that’s just not the way it works. Sarah explains why, and the right way to go about integrating making into the classroom, in this episode.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus