Movers & Makers

Bring maker tools to underserved communities so students can become inventors, creating solutions to problems in their everyday lives.

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One type of authentic STEM experience would empower students to take on the role of engineer/inventor within a socially-relevant and personally-meaningful context. Makerspaces allow such an experience by providing tools and support for students to make their own inventions tangible, but geographical location can be prohibitively remote and makerspaces typically appeal to white adult males (females and racial/ethnic minorities are predominantly drawn to STEM experiences with a clear social impact). 

Movers & Makers will be a mobile makerspace that brings tools for making and building to students in underserved communities, enabling them to become user innovators where they are empowered to devise solutions to social problems encountered in their everyday lives.

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We worked on your idea today in NYC. We liked the idea of a mobile truck. A basic summary is to make community connections- schools, community centers, churches, use reusable trash, think of "reverse engineering" I.e. deconstructing old tech that isn't recycled. Use volunteers from engineering uni programs and professionals. One member thought an app that could locate the truck and also record points for completed activities, linking with other makers etc. Would also help and encourage youths.

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Awesome!! Thanks for the great ideas. Can you expand on what you mean by reverse engineering/deconstructing old tech? I'm quite intrigued.

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Sure, I found this definition online.Reverse engineering is taking apart an object to see how it works in order to duplicate or enhance the object. The practice, taken from older industries, is now frequently used on computer hardware and software.

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I was more so wondering if you could clarify what you meant by "old tech that isn't recycled".

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