SpaceCamp at World Maker Faire

SpaceCamp at World Maker Faire

Willow Brugh sent us this memo about the upcoming SpaceCamp goodness at this weekend’s Maker Faire. “Hackerspace, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Space Federation. It’s open-ended mission…” -Gareth


School Factory’s Space Federation has been hosting SpaceCamp at Maker Faires this year. Our first was at San Mateo, next to the sound and light exhibits, and between the circus and Powerwheel Racing Series in Detroit. Have I mentioned lately how much I adore Maker Faires?

The point of SpaceCamp is to propagate the robustness and awareness of hacker- and makerspaces. Attending spaces are curated into a shared area so space facilitators get to know each other and Faire attendees are exposed to the wide variety of spaces’ interests, personalities, and geographies. It’s been great fun, and we’re looking forward to doing it again in NYC! You can find us all day Saturday and Sunday outside on your Faire map.

Are you with a space but didn’t have time to submit to Maker Faire? We have some extra table space, and we’ll see if you can fit. Make a case on this Atrium project detailing your needs and assign it to Willow. We’ll be gathering Friday the 16th at 20:30 (after set-up and at the tail end of Maker Meetup) to talk about some of these ideas and drink. Watch @schoolfactory to find out where.

On Sunday, we will host a panel discussion on hackerspaces as the schools of the Future. James Carlson will moderate, with Mitch Altman, Willow Brugh, Dale Dougherty, and Jon Santiago as panelists. We’ll talk about how collaborative workspaces (like hacker- and makerspaces) can enhance and transform public education. You can see notes from previous panels in this Prezi. Submit your questions as comments on this blog post and James will make sure they get asked.

Our panel at 11 will be followed by further exploration on the mainstage, led by MAKE’s Dale Dougherty.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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