The Churchill Fellowship Interview series features recordings from Marcus Mulcahy’s 2018 adventure travelling across the USA researching Makerspaces and Digital Technology in schools
This recording is an interview with Jakki Spicer, Director of Partnerships & Development and Aaron Vanderwerff, Director of Learning at Maker Ed. Maker Ed is a national non-profit organisation based in Oakland, California that works with educators and institutions to create engaging learning experiences through maker education.
Link – makered.org
Agency by Design
This recording is an interview with Edward P. Clapp, a Principal Investigator at Project Zero (Harvard University)where he is co-director of the Agency by Design initiative investigating the promises, practices and pedagogies of maker-centred learning.
Link – agencybydesign.org
Marymount School of New York
This recording is an interview with Jaymes Dec, Fab Lab Coordinator at the Marymount School of New York. Their focus on critical thinking and problem solving skills plays a significant role in the students’ imaginative work in their Fab Lab. While I was at Marymount I observed students preparing for their annual Nerdy Derby.
Link – www.marymountnyc.org
Open Window School
This recording is an interview with Adrienne Gifford, Director of Innovation and Technology at the Open Window School in Seattle, Washington. Adrienne and her team manage two innovation Labs that integrate making across the curriculum.
Link – www.openwindowschool.org
Scarsdale High School
This recording is an interview with Lisa Yokana, Design Lab Director at Scarsdale High School in New York. Since 2012, Lisa has been working with her students to navigate the exciting possibilities of design thinking.
Link – www.scarsdaleschools.k12.ny.us/hs
The Nueva School
This recording is an interview with Scott Swaaley, Assistant Director of the Nueva I-Lab & I-Lab Engineer and Carl Shan, Middle & Upper School I-Lab Teacher at The Nueva School in San Mateo & Hillsborough, California. Students at The Nueva School engage with design thinking principles across the curriculum, both in the dedicated Innovation Lab (I-Lab) and in their classrooms.
Link – www.nuevaschool.org
Katherine Delmar Burke School
This recording is an interview with Michael Matthews, Director of Curriculum & Program Innovation, Susan Deemer, Makery Facilitator and Phil King, Director of Technology at the Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco.
Link – https://www.kdbs.org
Heathcote Elementary School
This recording is an interview with Christine Boyer, teacher and curator of the Makerspace at Heathcote Elementary School in Scarsdale, New York.
Link – www.scarsdaleschools.k12.ny.us/heathcote
This recording is an interview with Kristen Purdy from Free Geek in Portland, Oregon. Free Geek’s mission is to sustainably reuse technology and empower the community through education and digital access.
Link – www.freegeek.org
Fox Meadow Elementary School
This recording is an interview with Peter McKenna, Technology Teacher and Makerspace coordinator at the Fox Meadow Elementary School in Scarsdale, New York.
Link – www.scarsdaleschools.k12.ny.us/foxmeadow
Ethical Culture Fieldston School
This recording is an interview with Jeannie Crowley, Director of Technology at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York. In 2015, Jeannie held a repair party to rescue PC’s destined for landfill and sparked the creation of The Restart Centre, a student run, repair tutoring service.
Link – ethical.tech
Children’s Museum Of Pittsburgh
This recording is an interview with Carol Johnson, School Programs & Outreach Manager, Kyle Murphy, Educator and Rebecca Grabman, Makeshop Manager at the Children’s Museum Of Pittsburgh.
Link – pittsburghkids.org
Adaptive Design Association
This recording is an interview with Alex Truesdell, Executive Director of the Adaptive Design Association in New York. In the 1980s, in a small workshop in her basement, Alex started building and creating adaptations to chairs and toys for children with special needs. Since then, the Adaptive Design Association has created thousands of adaptations for children.
Link – www.adaptivedesign.org
Staten Island MakerSpace
This recording is an interview with Emily Perina from the Staten Island MakerSpace in New York. In the aftermath of the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, a Staten Island welding shop re-designed itself and has emerged as a vibrant community hub where local artists, engineers, hobbyists and school students develop and nurture their creative passion.
Link – www.makerspace.nyc