The Sankofa Global Project at NYU Makerspace!
June 20, 2017
“The Week of Making is an opportunity for individuals in communities throughout the U.S. to participate in Making activities locally, celebrating the innovation, ingenuity and creativity of Makers.” Week of Making website
On Tuesday, June 20, the Sankofa Global Project, in partnership with Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, is collaborating with NYUTandon School of Engineering MakerSpace and the NYU K12 STEM Education Center to host a day of making with students from Brooklyn. At the NYU MakerSpace, students from Meyer Levin Middle School and Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School will have access to modern tools, from advanced software to milling machines, to 3D printers to integrated manufacturing facilities. The NYU Design for America (DFA) student group will be teaching an interactive STEAM board game based on the history of the S.S. Columbia designed to encourage collaboration and learning among middle school students, and high school students from the K12 STEM Center will lead interactive demos of their projects made in the MakerSpace.
The students will also tinker with ideas and gadgets to learn about science and engineering in an informal atmosphere. The Sankofa Global Project and Collab Fabrication Lab & Innovation Studio will offer:
Hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, projects and experiments
Critical thinking skill development through exercises in trial and error
Inspiration for students to pursue careers in STEM by building self-esteem
through real world success
Tracy Gray, founder of the Sankofa Global Project, states, “Being a Maker is building, creating, collaborating, designing, analyzing, examining, and making connections in a myriad of ways. Makers tinker with things and ideas, and learn in an informal, or formal, atmosphere by working on projects, experiments and activities. As a Tech Education Entrepreneur, I believe Makers have natural curiosity about their world and how things work. A Maker world is where one experiences "hands-on" exhibits, demonstrations, projects and experiments; delving into real workshop environments by working with tools and work tables. The most important component of "Maker-ism" is to develop critical thinking through the success and failure of individual and collective endeavors.”