The story of two new planets

A Story drawn, written and played by the participants of the Global Makerspace project By Anca Velicu, Klaus Thestrup & Greg Giannis Researchers from the MakEY project set in place The Global Makerspace project during the 41st week of 2018. The idea was to create a makerspace for young children that spanned the globe. Three…

The Diverse Makerspaces

Once By Klaus Thestrup Again I am struck by the differences in what a makerspace might be. Here are some thoughts based on my memory. Around the globe In Perth in Australia at a secondary school part of the makerspace was a bike repair shop. The students collected bikes left for scrap, made them work…

The Makerspace is a Mindset

By Klaus Thestrup & Anca Velicu The secondment to Melbourne was amazing. The city itself is open and friendly, global and very Australian. Strange country in a way with a huge red desert in the middle and big cities at the coast. The country is new and therefore still open to new ideas, and at…

Virtual Reality in Bucharest

by Deborah Rodrigues Moreira, Berlin GabLab/ Gluck Workshops Seeing children trying VR for the very first time is always a pleasure! I wonder for how long I’ll witness such wonder with this new technology, because I want children to feel this in every workshop I do with them. In Bucharest, I was invited by Anca…

Making in Berlin

Sabine Little, University of Sheffield I spent a month on secondment in Berlin – an interesting experience, as a native German who hasn’t lived in the country for well over 20 years! With my specialism hat on in relation to working with multilingual families, my visit to Klax! Kreativwerkstatt confirmed what I already knew from my…

Makerspaces in Iceland and the Inclusion of Disabled Students

Antonios Ktenidis, School of Education, University of Sheffield In August 2018 I went on a monthly secondment in Iceland (Reykjavik)  for the MakEYproject, exploring the accessibility of makerspaces to disabled students. Soon after my arrival I received an invitation from Dr Solveig Jakobsdottir to her place, where an informal, introductory meeting to the Icelandic MakEY…

MakEY Project Visit to Colombia

By Mark Payne, University of Sheffield This was an amazing secondment that saw me hosted by Raul and his team at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB), in Medellín. Medellin is probably one of the most enchanting places you will visit, full of great people, modern infrastructure and a blend of Spanish and Latin American influences…

Makerspaces & Accessibility for Dis/abled Students: Notes from Melbourne

Antonios Ktenidis, Doctoral Researcher in the School of Education, University of Sheffield. Supervisors: Professor Dan Goodley and Dr Kirsty Liddiard Antonios went on a secondment for the MakEY project in Melbourne from February 2018 to the beginning of April 2018. As Antonios’ thesis draws on Critical Disability Studies (Goodley, 2013) in Education, the main purpose…