Gulf Coast Maker Con 2015

Gulf Coast Maker Con 2015

Gulf Coast Maker Con Last year, I attended Gulf Coast MakerCon just as our makerspace was gaining momentum.  That was where I first connected with The Hive (then called Community Innovation Center), FreeFab 3D, and Tampa Hackerspace.  This year, I brought my students along and helped to organize the Young Makers section of the event.  Four parents … Read more

Makerspace Tour: The HIVE

*This post is part of an on-again off-again series where I visit makerspaces in schools, libraries and public/private spaces.  It’s a great chance to see the amazing diversity of spaces there are in the Maker Movement* The HIVE is Tampa’s first public library Makerspace, and it’s awesome.  Their motto is “create – collaborate – cowork” and … Read more

GulfCoast MakerCon 2014

Gulf Coast MakerCon 14

  This past weekend I attend the GulfCoast MakerCon, which is a Tampa based mini-MakerFaire.  This was my first time ever going to such an event, and it was a great experience.  I got to network with a lot of local makers, learn about Makerspaces in the Tampa area, and even found out that we … Read more

Why Libraries are More Than Books, But Still Need Them

Recently,  changes in Pasco County’s media centers have been making the news.  Pasco is adjacent to my school district, so naturally I’m interested in what’s going on next door.  Last year they eliminated their media specialists, much to the chagrin of their parents and students.  Now they’re talking about modernizing their media centers to keep up … Read more