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Makers, doers, the creators of things. Jay Margalus interviews people who're taking their maker projects to the next level in this 1:1 interview podcast.

Latest Episodes

Session 25 - Amanda Hudgins, Thousand Button Project, Unwinnable, and More!

Amanda Hudgins is a game designer and the creator of the Thousand Button Project, many other awesome alternative controllers, and is the managing editor of Unwinnable. Amanda's game projects have been featured at events like Bit Bash and at many other events -- I had a really fun time with this interview! Enjoy. For more on Amanda's work, check out http://amandathrows.rocks/ Visit Amanda on Twitter @ barelyconcealed Other Notes from the show: * Thousand Button Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN1zWjLXeo8&list=PLi_Qv13BlyFKa_tkxXMa-FkvcC51ee8yh&index=9&t=0s * Amanda Hudgins Assembles an Alternative Controller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbXhyDn7wr4

70 MINFEB 20
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Session 25 - Amanda Hudgins, Thousand Button Project, Unwinnable, and More!

Session 24 - Maya Bird-Murphy, Chicago Mobile Makers

Maya Bird-Murphy is the founder of Chicago Mobile Makers and an architect. Chicago Mobile Makers is an awesome program that aims to bring a mobile fabrication lab into communities and become the hub for transformational -- and educational -- local projects.

54 MIN2019 DEC 8
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Session 24 - Maya Bird-Murphy, Chicago Mobile Makers

Session 23 - Paul Valente, Chicago Public Schools Makerspaces

Paul Valente manages facilities automation at Chicago Public Schools and additionally sits on their makerspace committee as they begin to roll out best practices and standards within the school system. In this episode, Paul and I talk about makerspaces in K-12, IOT and building automation, and some of the things we're both involved in with the Chicago hacker scene.

72 MIN2019 OCT 10
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Session 23 - Paul Valente, Chicago Public Schools Makerspaces

Session 22 - Joe Spanier, River City Labs, Midwest Maker Fest, and more!

Joe Spanier is one of the co-founders of River City Labs -- a Peoria makerspace. He's also a co-founder of Midwest Maker Fest, a previous employee at Aleph Objects (the company that makes Lulzbot printers), and Caterpillar. Joe and I have a wide-ranging talk about tech in education, his enthusiasm for making and tinkering, and more. A note: The audio for this interview may be off in parts. The recording software that I use had some issues synching audio up, and so this was done manually. Enjoy!

76 MIN2019 OCT 1
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Session 22 - Joe Spanier, River City Labs, Midwest Maker Fest, and more!

Session 21 - Sasha Neri, Harold Washington Library Maker Lab

Sasha Neri runs the Harold Washington Library Maker Lab in the Loop of Chicago, Illinois and runs Chicago's yearly Maker Summit. This is the fourth and final part of our educational makerspaces series, and I'm happy to have Sasha on to talk about how makerspaces work in a library setting, and the benefits they have for the broader community of patrons that libraries serve.

66 MIN2019 JUN 25
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Session 21 - Sasha Neri, Harold Washington Library Maker Lab

Session 20 - Jeff Solin, Lane Tech Makerspace

Jeff Solin is an educator, makerspace administrator, and all around good-guy at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago. This is the third part in This Should Work's* series on educational makerspaces, and I'm really grateful that Jeff joined the podcast to talk about the way he thinks about educating students in makerspaces and fostering a supportive educational makerspace environment.

67 MIN2019 JUN 12
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Session 20 - Jeff Solin, Lane Tech Makerspace

Session 19 - Terry Steinbach & Betty Shanahan - Makerspaces at DePaul University

Terry Steinbach is an Associate Dean in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University, and Betty Shanahan is the Associate Vice President of DePaul University. Both have been instrumental in building makerspaces and spreading maker-centered learning at DePaul University, and come on the show this week to talk about how to make a makerspace work in higher ed. This is the second part in a series of interviews about makerspaces in education.

54 MIN2019 APR 26
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Session 19 - Terry Steinbach & Betty Shanahan - Makerspaces at DePaul University

Session 18 - Aaron Hoover, Academic Makerspaces and Teaching Makers in Higher Ed

Aaron Hoover is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Olin College and one of the founders of the Higher Education Makerspaces Initiative and the International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces. In this episode, Aaron and I discuss the state of maker education in higher education including the challenges and opportunities that educators face in this context. This interview is the first part in a series of interviews about makerspaces in education.

66 MIN2019 APR 17
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Session 18 - Aaron Hoover, Academic Makerspaces and Teaching Makers in Higher Ed

Session 17 - Rob Rehr, Hardware Hacking, Badgelife, And DIY Retro Games

Rob Rehr is an engineer at IDEO by day, and a hardware hacker and game developer by night. In this session, we talk about the work Rob's doing in DIY retro game development, the add-on board he developed that uses the Nintendo nunchuck, and much more. Check it out!

68 MIN2019 MAR 16
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Session 17 - Rob Rehr, Hardware Hacking, Badgelife, And DIY Retro Games

Session 16 - Christina Pei, Bringing Maker Learning into the Classroom

Christina is the creator behind Chicago North Side Mini Maker Faire and researches making by working with teachers to design curricula, and with students to design equitable spaces for making. We talk about the philosophy behind making, and what drives Christina to do all of the awesome things that she's responsible for. Check it out!

67 MIN2019 FEB 7
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Session 16 - Christina Pei, Bringing Maker Learning into the Classroom

Latest Episodes

Session 25 - Amanda Hudgins, Thousand Button Project, Unwinnable, and More!

Amanda Hudgins is a game designer and the creator of the Thousand Button Project, many other awesome alternative controllers, and is the managing editor of Unwinnable. Amanda's game projects have been featured at events like Bit Bash and at many other events -- I had a really fun time with this interview! Enjoy. For more on Amanda's work, check out http://amandathrows.rocks/ Visit Amanda on Twitter @ barelyconcealed Other Notes from the show: * Thousand Button Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN1zWjLXeo8&list=PLi_Qv13BlyFKa_tkxXMa-FkvcC51ee8yh&index=9&t=0s * Amanda Hudgins Assembles an Alternative Controller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbXhyDn7wr4

70 MINFEB 20
Comments
Session 25 - Amanda Hudgins, Thousand Button Project, Unwinnable, and More!

Session 24 - Maya Bird-Murphy, Chicago Mobile Makers

Maya Bird-Murphy is the founder of Chicago Mobile Makers and an architect. Chicago Mobile Makers is an awesome program that aims to bring a mobile fabrication lab into communities and become the hub for transformational -- and educational -- local projects.

54 MIN2019 DEC 8
Comments
Session 24 - Maya Bird-Murphy, Chicago Mobile Makers

Session 23 - Paul Valente, Chicago Public Schools Makerspaces

Paul Valente manages facilities automation at Chicago Public Schools and additionally sits on their makerspace committee as they begin to roll out best practices and standards within the school system. In this episode, Paul and I talk about makerspaces in K-12, IOT and building automation, and some of the things we're both involved in with the Chicago hacker scene.

72 MIN2019 OCT 10
Comments
Session 23 - Paul Valente, Chicago Public Schools Makerspaces

Session 22 - Joe Spanier, River City Labs, Midwest Maker Fest, and more!

Joe Spanier is one of the co-founders of River City Labs -- a Peoria makerspace. He's also a co-founder of Midwest Maker Fest, a previous employee at Aleph Objects (the company that makes Lulzbot printers), and Caterpillar. Joe and I have a wide-ranging talk about tech in education, his enthusiasm for making and tinkering, and more. A note: The audio for this interview may be off in parts. The recording software that I use had some issues synching audio up, and so this was done manually. Enjoy!

76 MIN2019 OCT 1
Comments
Session 22 - Joe Spanier, River City Labs, Midwest Maker Fest, and more!

Session 21 - Sasha Neri, Harold Washington Library Maker Lab

Sasha Neri runs the Harold Washington Library Maker Lab in the Loop of Chicago, Illinois and runs Chicago's yearly Maker Summit. This is the fourth and final part of our educational makerspaces series, and I'm happy to have Sasha on to talk about how makerspaces work in a library setting, and the benefits they have for the broader community of patrons that libraries serve.

66 MIN2019 JUN 25
Comments
Session 21 - Sasha Neri, Harold Washington Library Maker Lab

Session 20 - Jeff Solin, Lane Tech Makerspace

Jeff Solin is an educator, makerspace administrator, and all around good-guy at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago. This is the third part in This Should Work's* series on educational makerspaces, and I'm really grateful that Jeff joined the podcast to talk about the way he thinks about educating students in makerspaces and fostering a supportive educational makerspace environment.

67 MIN2019 JUN 12
Comments
Session 20 - Jeff Solin, Lane Tech Makerspace

Session 19 - Terry Steinbach & Betty Shanahan - Makerspaces at DePaul University

Terry Steinbach is an Associate Dean in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University, and Betty Shanahan is the Associate Vice President of DePaul University. Both have been instrumental in building makerspaces and spreading maker-centered learning at DePaul University, and come on the show this week to talk about how to make a makerspace work in higher ed. This is the second part in a series of interviews about makerspaces in education.

54 MIN2019 APR 26
Comments
Session 19 - Terry Steinbach & Betty Shanahan - Makerspaces at DePaul University

Session 18 - Aaron Hoover, Academic Makerspaces and Teaching Makers in Higher Ed

Aaron Hoover is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Olin College and one of the founders of the Higher Education Makerspaces Initiative and the International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces. In this episode, Aaron and I discuss the state of maker education in higher education including the challenges and opportunities that educators face in this context. This interview is the first part in a series of interviews about makerspaces in education.

66 MIN2019 APR 17
Comments
Session 18 - Aaron Hoover, Academic Makerspaces and Teaching Makers in Higher Ed

Session 17 - Rob Rehr, Hardware Hacking, Badgelife, And DIY Retro Games

Rob Rehr is an engineer at IDEO by day, and a hardware hacker and game developer by night. In this session, we talk about the work Rob's doing in DIY retro game development, the add-on board he developed that uses the Nintendo nunchuck, and much more. Check it out!

68 MIN2019 MAR 16
Comments
Session 17 - Rob Rehr, Hardware Hacking, Badgelife, And DIY Retro Games

Session 16 - Christina Pei, Bringing Maker Learning into the Classroom

Christina is the creator behind Chicago North Side Mini Maker Faire and researches making by working with teachers to design curricula, and with students to design equitable spaces for making. We talk about the philosophy behind making, and what drives Christina to do all of the awesome things that she's responsible for. Check it out!

67 MIN2019 FEB 7
Comments
Session 16 - Christina Pei, Bringing Maker Learning into the Classroom
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