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Engaging visitors with technology in MakerSpaces

MakerSpaces can engage visitors with new technology in exciting ways. However, using digital tools in a science centre or museum context can be challenging. Time is limited and the learning curve can be steep. All too often visitor engagement is limited to demonstrations. How can we create meaningful entry-points and allow for playful, open-ended interactions? In this hands-on workshop session, we will explore tools and facilitation approaches that address this challenge. Come play with us!

Facilitator

Makerspace educator
Norsk Teknisk Museum
Oslo
Norway
Tinkering Studio R&D lead
San Francisco
United States

Session speakers

Project Manager & Pedagogue
Tromsø
Norway
Hedinn will teach you how to run open ended workshops on laser cutters.
Hanne Madsen
Lecturer, Developer
Jaermuseet
Sandnes
Norway
Hanne will run a workshop on 3d-modeling with TinkerCad. Tinkercad is an easy, free browser-based 3D design and modeling tool for all. Tinkercad allows you to imagine anything, and then design it in minutes!
Managing director
Strawbees
Göteborg
Sweden
Erik is the inventor of Strawbees, a fantastic prototyping toy for makers of all ages. Build huge mechanical objects from standard straws and cardboard!
CEO & Co-founder
Quirkbot
Stockholm
Sweden
Carl has made a programmable microcontroller that lets you make your own toys! Build and program quirky robots, blinking outfits and weird sounding creatures out of regular drinking straws.
Makerspace educator
Norsk Teknisk Museum
Oslo
Norway
1 million school kids in UK has been given a micro-controller, the BBC micro:bit, for free. This is the largest EdTech initiative in modern time. What will happen when they got to play with electronics, sensors and the internet of things? Come play with Jon and try it out for yourselves.