NEXMAP's education and outreach programs have provided creative, artistic explorations located at the intersection of traditional practices and new technologies for young people and other non-traditional audiences. NEXMAP has delivered workshops, created resources, and fostered communities of practice for educators and learners in and out of school.
July 18-19, 2016: USPTO National Teacher Summer Institute, Michigan State University; "How Might We...." workshop on Invention and Innovation in the Classroom.
July 11-15, 2016: Teen Camp - Flash Memoir at UC Berkeley. A 21c Notebooking program offered by the Bay Area Writing Project. See this short video for a look at a soldering activity hosted at UC Berkeley's Invention Lab.
June 22, 2016: Celebration of Making with Paper Circuits for the National Week of Making, #NationOfMakers. Program offered by Manylabs and Children's Creativity Museum. Tickets for educators and information below
June 15-17, 2016: TASSP & TESPA in Austin: Texas School Administrator Conferences with Molly Adams, National Writing Project Teacher Consultant and member of the North Star of Texas Writing Project
LITERACY, CRAFT, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
October 8, 2016: NEXMAP created an exploration of the paper circuitry strand for Letters to the Next President 2.0. at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA. This workshop guided educators through a hands-on project using a "How Might We...." template and a series of writing, collaboration, and design exercises to explore strategies for organizing information, gathering feedback, refining, and developing ideas.
Participants worked with an 11X17 worksheet and completed a project that was ready to share with students. We looked at the L2P website and discussed planning and implementation strategies for bringing this civic engagement experience to the classroom and involving students in a national conversation about the upcoming election. For more information on the program see our L2P program page.
LITERACY, CRAFT, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
September 24, 2016: NEXMAP created an exploration of the paper circuitry strand for Letters to the Next President 2.0 at the UC Berkely Graduate School of Education's Second Annual Multicultural Urban Secondary Education (MUSE) English Educators Program. See the conference flyer. This workshop guided educators through a hands-on project using a series of writing, collaboration, and design exercises to explore strategies for organizing information, gathering feedback, refining, and developing ideas.
Participants worked with 11X17 activity templates and completed a project tha was ready to share with students. We looked at the L2P website and discussed planning and implementation strategies for bringing this civic engagement experience to the classroom and involving students in national conversation about the upcoming election. For more information on the program see our L2P program page.
PROTOTYPING ON PAPER WITH THE ATTINY85 AND MICRO SERVOS
May 14, 2016: Manylabs, SF. We expanded the Hack Your Notebook series! You know the first two – Illuminate Your thinking with Jie Qi and Program Your Pages with Natalie Freed. We will released three new volumes – pop-up, servos and sound – to flesh out the sequence as a a learning scaffold and remixable series. Jeannine Huffman is the author/creator for the servo project. We experimented with the materials and step-by-step she developed for exploring the basics of actuation, motion, and robotics with simple 2D paper figures.
About Jeannine Huffman: For the past three years Jeannine has taught at Teachers College of San Joaquin in the pre-service, intern, masters core and STEM tracks. She also serves as a mentor practicum supervisor for new teachers. For more on her work as a STEM educator and creative learning specialist, see her Weebly site where she has documented her explorations in paper circuitry and notebooking.
BUILDING CREATIVE + TECHNOLOGICAL CONFIDENCE WITH PAPER CIRCUITRY
May 7, 2016: Design Challenge Learning Institute, The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA We shared hands-on projects combining creativity, craft, and code, along with strategies for drawing girls more deeply into STEM subjects, developed their creative and technological confidence, and brought paper circuitry to your classrooms and learning programs. Building on a project we led at a past Girls Day @ The Tech, we discovered how you can use paper circuitry and Chibitronics circuit stickers to help girls (& boys!) express their creativity, design their dreams, and light up their goals, all while learning the basics of circuit design.
Presenters: NEXMAP Education Manager, Bridget Rigby and engineer and product designer, Anne Mayoral
SFUSD MAKER FAIRE
April 17, 2016: NEXMAP participated in the SFUSD mini-Maker Faire at Presidio Middle School @ 31st and Geary in San Francisco. Showcasing with our collaborators at Manylabs, we shared circuit templates that highlight AND/OR digital logic gates. More event info here.
EDUCATOR WORKSHOP @ KD BURKE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
April 8, 2016: Building on our recent girls-in-STEM work, we led a Hack Your Notebook & Illuminate Your Thinking workshop at KD Burke School for Girls — part of their day-long professional development — program hosted by Studio Coordinator, Jenny Howland.
21C NOTEBOOKING ON THE ROAD WITH SFPL’S TECHMOBILE
April 4, 2016: The San Francisco Public Library Techmobile prototyped paper circuitry programs with circuit templates AND/OR logic gate templates developed for the last Girls Day @ The Tech program.
IN-SCHOOL | SYSTEMS THINKING @ ALT SCHOOL
January to March, 2016: David Cole worked with ELA and Science Teachers at Alt School’s Alamo site in San Francisco to support a three-month unit on “Systems.” In the first half of the unit, the class researched the branches of US government and created paper circuitry projects to highlight the relationships between executive, legislative and judicial branches. In the second half, they built personal robots with small motors, developed characters for their creations and used comic book storytelling techniques to create illuminated narratives about their work.
OPEN DATA / OPEN MINDS MANYLABS & NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT
March 30, 2016: David Cole and the NWP hosted a group of 25 lead educators to discuss the impact potential of 21st Century Notebooking and open data. Working with a team of designers from London responsible for the MyEdit conductive notepad — a prototype communications project from Google — representatives from NEXMAP, the Exploratorium, Maker Ed, The Tech Museum of Innovation, UCB Grad School of Ed, SRI — worked on program design ideas for supporting the upcoming Letters to the Next President program, a civic engagement and literacy project presented by KQED Education and the National Writing Project.
EDUCATOR WORKSHOP @ SAN MATEO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION
March 10, 2016: We led the STEM Center team through a paper circuitry activity that they’ll soon be introducing to their educators this summer as they kick-off a Maker initiative throughout 23 school districts, followed by workshops next school year in their new design studio at their county office. They’ll be providing Lecktrokits for a number of their schools to support this work in classrooms. See this tweet for a look at a STEM Center staff member with a sample project.
CONFERENCE: SXSWEDU 2016, AUSTIN, TX
March 2016: Our work was accepted this year at SXSWedu! Longtime collaborator Molly Adams, a high school teacher and National Writing Project Teacher Consultant from Waxahachie, TX lead a group of 40 through a "Hack Your Notebook — Illuminate Your Thinking" workshop. Molly shared her experiences bringing paper circuitry and creative learning to her classrooms and talked about the effect of the experience on her own teaching practice.
IN-SCHOOL | STEAMFEST! @ EAST BAY INNOVATION ACADEMY
February 1-8, 2016: After EBIA educators came to our Manylabs workshops, we developed a week-long paper circuitry + design thinking program for their STEAM Intersession. We partnered with Anne Mayoral, rocket scientist, toy designer, and Maker educator to lead 25 middle schoolers through the design process using paper circuitry as a tool for exploring and expressing ideas. The program built from simple prototyping on paper to pop-up circuits and blinking effects stickers, culminating in collaborative projects where they designed “delightful experiences” for the parent showcase. Delights ranged from a working operation game and a basketball game where where you see the ball fly from the shooter’s hands into the hoop as you press different switches, to a camping scene with a light-up tent and turkey roaster and a carnival scene with lights and pull-tab switches — and even a rotating ferris wheel switch!
PROGRAM YOUR PAGES: WORKING WITH MICROCONTROLLERS
January 23, 2016: The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA Participants had the chance to try out soldering to create durable circuit systems in their notebooks. We also looked at an open data prototype -- the Tide Notebook Project -- which integrates traditional artistic and scientific journaling with a wifi dev kit from Particle.io, and we discussed opportunities for hacking notebooks and creating fully connected teaching and learning experiences with paper and electronics. Presenter: Jeannine Huffman, STEM teacher and adjunct professor at Teachers College of San Joaquin, to explore the ATtiny85, and introductory Arduino sketches in part two of The Tech workshop program.
AKTEACH, KODIAK ALASKA
June 1-2, 2015: A keynote address and two-day educator training at 2015 Kodiak Island Virtual Learning Conference; K-12 teachers from across the state; follow-on implementation in 20 classrooms this coming school year.
SCIENTIFIC ADVENTURES FOR GIRLS
June 16 and July 7, 2015: Introduction to Paper Circuitry and 21st Century Notebooking with SAFG instructor, toy designer, and aerospace engineer, Anne Mayoral, at the CITRIS Invention Lab in the Engineering Dept. at UC Berkeley.
CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES SYMPOSIUM #2, TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NY, NY
June 19, 2015: NEXMAP partner David Cole gave a talk, Crafting with Electronics and 21st Century Notebooking: Re-imagining Literacy and Hands-on Learning,” and the Tide Notebook, developed by collaborator Natalie Freed, was included in the gallery exhibition, “New Gifts.”
“HACK YOUR NOTEBOOK,” BAY AREA WRITING PROJECT, SUMMER CAMP
July 16 – 20, 2015: “Hack Your Notebook,” a Teen Writing Camp, presented by the Bay Area Writing Project and Dr. Lanette Jimerson, Director of MUSE (Multicultural Urban Secondary Education) MAT in the Grad School of Education, UCB.
ILLUMINATE YOUR THINKING: AN INTRODUCTION TO PAPER CIRCUITRY
Oct. 24, 2015: The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA Using 3v batteries, clip leads, circuit stickers from Chibitronics, and a set of project card templates, participants learned by doing, completing personalized circuit systems, and considering the ways in which literacy, craft, science, and art come together in paper circuitry to bring 21st century competencies to a new level. We discussed interdisciplinary learning opportunities, standards alignment, and tips for bringing the experience to the classrooms and learning programs.
Partner David Cole joined ManyLabs as a co-working participant where he’s focusing on the next prototype of the Tide Notebook. Funded by the Gordon Moore Foundation, Manylabs, is a space in the SOMA district of San Francisco “that brings together scientists and makers working on open tools for science.”
JUMPSTARTING THE STEAM-POWERED CLASSROOM
I/O and Sonoma County Office of Education delivered a day-long training at the district office in Santa Rosa, CA for 25 educators. The session was hosted by Casey Shea, a Mathematics instructor and the manager of the Maker Space at Analys High in Sebastopol and a teacher on special assignment, working with SCOE to develop it's maker programs.
Learn more about the program here.
NEXMAP GOES TO FINLAND
NEXMAP Board Member, Paul Kallmes was in Finland for Scifest 2015, an international Science Festival, part of UNESCO's International Year of Light. See this Flickr collection shared by Professor Pasi Vahimma, one of the festival organizers and the Director of the Institute of Photonics at the University of Eastern Finland.
NEW MEDIA ELECTIVE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
A Sound and Technology Class
2011 Winter-Spring Semester at June Jordan School for Equity
When youth are given tools to engage new technologies in creative ways, they move from passive consumers to critically engaged creators. Hands-on creative projects allow students to develop new skills, invest themselves in their work and become their own advocates. We live in a world saturated with digital music and media but a lot is happening beyond Garage Band and basic looping -- young people are aware of this but are rarely exposed to the available tools or given the chance to explore new possibilities.
In the 2011 Winter-Spring Semester NEXMAP and June Jordan School for Equity teamed up to pilot a dynamic 14-week New Media Elective in Sound and Technology. During this class students explored Sound, how it surrounds us, how it can be manipulated to make music, and how the process of reformulating sounds can offer new ways of experiencing our surroundings.
LAETITIA SONAMI | ARTIST PRESENTATION
December 1, 2010 – Artist Presentation at June Jordan School for Equity
As a prequel to the semester long elective class NEXMAP plans to offer in 2011, Sonami brought her wares and talent to high schoolers. In a very intimate setting, 45 students heard a performance by the innovator behind the Ladie's Glove and had a chance to ask questions and understand how the artist makes her magic.
MICHEL DONEDA | ARTIST PRESENTATION
February 13, 2009 – Artist Presentation at June Jordan School for Equity
On February 13, 2009, saxophonist Michel Doneda captivated 72 teens at June Jordan School for Equity with a musical presentation and demonstration. The 50 minute presentation involved performance, demonstration and a question & answer session.
LUIS MAURETTE WITH YOUTH PARTICIPANTS | BUILDING SOUND WORKSHOP, PART 2
January 29, 2009 – from the Meridian Internship Program (MIP)
Sound and installation artist Luis Maurette led 15 teens from Meridian Gallery's Meridian Internship Program through part two of the Building Sounds workshop. In a number of hands-on activities students were invited to explore the use of contact mics to amplify minute sounds, discovering an entire microcosm while learning about the mechanics of sound and simple electronics.
LEIGHTON FONG | SFCMP
December 3, 2008 – Artist Presentation at Meridian Gallery
December 8, 2008 – Concert at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Cellist Leighton Fong captivated 12 teens at Meridian gallery with a musical presentation and demonstration about Kaija Saariaho “Sept Papillons” for solo cello.
Teens then attended "Furious Craft," a full performance evening presented by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players featuring works by Francesconi, Zhou Long and Piere Boulez’s masterpiece “Le Marteau sans Maître.”
AGNES SZELAG WITH YOUTH PARTICIPANTS | BUILDING SOUND WORKSHOP
November 10, 2008 – from the Meridian Internship Program (MIP)
Focused on building contact microphones; through this process youth were introduced to some basic electrical and electronic music concepts. The group engaged in using the materials to build some contact microphones for themselves.
STEPHANIE ROTHENBERG WITH YOUTH PARTICIPANTS | USERNOMICS 1.0: VIDEO HACTIVIST WORKSHOP
June 6, 2008 – from the SFAI City Studio Program. Culminating Exhibition at Zero1 (San Jose CA, USA)
Usernomics is a hacktivist workshop employing models of waste reclamation, recycling and reuse. Participants will engage in hacking (taking apart and repurposing) discarded keyboards and toys and reprogram them to make one-of-a-kind external computer controllers. Participants will also be guided through the process of video hacking, and will make their own graphical icons/avatars to replace those in existing video games.
On June 6th, 2008, documentation of Usernomics and live performances will be presented as part of the arts education programming of Zero1: A global festival of art on the edge.
LUIS MAURETTE | LULACRUZA
February 29, 2008 – at The Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St., San Francisco CA
The electronic musician conducted a special demonstration for 15 teens of the Meridian Internship Program (MIP). Seven teens from Meridian Internship Program (MIP) attended the performance at The Red Poppy Art House featuring performances by Lulacruza as well as sound artist Loren Chasse, video artist Cecilia Elguero and cellist Agnes Szelag.
JOHN CAGE'S 18 MICROTONAL RAGAS | AN OTHER MINDS EVENT
November 2, 2007 – at St. John's Presbyterian Church
Eight teens from the Meridian Internship Program (MIP) attend the performance of John Cage - Solo for voice 58 by Amelia Cuni, an Italian-German dhrupad singer. Cuni's performance was accompanied by percussion, tonal accompaniment, and electronics by Raymond Kaczynski, Federico Sanesi, and Werner Durand. A 30-minute presentation by the artists preceded the performance. An Other Minds event.
MURCOF /.PIG | MEXICAN ELECTRONIC ARTS
A NEXMAP event co-produced by the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
September 5, 2007 – at Theater Artaud
The three musicians conducted a special demonstration in Spanish for seven Latino teens from the John O'Connell School of Technology afterschool program (JOST). Following the performance on September 7, Andres Solis and Rogelio Sosa conducted a live performance, artist's talk, and demo for a group of 20 students at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School.
PAMELA Z | SONIC GESTURES
April 14, 2007 – at Recombinant Media Labs
Six teens from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula/South Bay were invited to attend the world premiere of Pamela Z's performance during which she performed her piece twice and engaged in a dialogue with the audience about her process in between each performance.