Active – Facilitating Learning in FabLabs and Makerspaces

Objectives

Create gathering of FabLabs and makerspace facilitators to share practices, concerns and winning strategies

Engage participants in workshops to further training and dissemination of knowledge

Create a network of FabLabs and makerspace facilitators from Québec to develop a community of practice through events which will eventually expand to Canada, North America and the world.

Stimulate exchanges of practices, activities and projects

Integrate graduate students within various sites (schools, colleges, universities, museums, libraries, community centres)

Team

This project is in collaboration with Ann-Louise Davidson‘s Chair in Maker Culture at Concordia University and the team at Musée de la civilization with Ana-Laura BazBrigitte Belleville et Nadine Davignon. It has been made possible thanks to a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connexion Grant.

Confirmed presenters: Sylvie Barma, Giuliana Cucinelli, Séverine Parent, Azanie Roy, Jasia Stuart, Valerie Therrien, Serge Gagnier, Marc-André Girard, Alexandre Hince, Benjamin Lille, Karl-André Saint-Victor, Joel Trudeau, Thibault Zimmer, and Ivan Ruby.

A summary Extract

The Unconference on facilitating learning in FabLabs and makerspaces, to be held at the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City and at the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University, will be the first of its kind. Despite the growth of the worldwide maker movement and its related innovation ecosystems, there is a scarcity of opportunities for practitioners who are involved in all aspects of education to get together and exchange new contemporary living knowledge emerging from different locations. These unprecedented events will bring together top practitioners, scholars, and students who are actively involved in the facilitation of maker education within schools, colleges, universities, libraries, museums, and community centres. The goal of the first Unconference on Facilitating Learning in FabLabs and Makerspaces is to create channels of communication between FabLabs and makerspace facilitators, researchers and stakeholders.

Several events between Montreal and Quebec City will be announced after the end of the COVID19 pandemic.