STEAMLabs has been featured in a number of media sites. See what they have to say about us!
“Andy Forest spoke about young Canadians participating in maker education and how we can adapt the way we educate youth in a more effective way in the Information Age. Andy Forest is the co-founder of STEAMLabs, a non-profit community makerspace in downtown Toronto. Two projects from STEAMLabs have recieved grants from CIRA’s Community Investment Program.”
STEAMLabs will be one of the largest and most accessible makerspaces in Canada. “It’s rare for typical makerspaces to have a wide variety of introductory classes combined with sophisticated tools for expert makers, and this differentiates us. We offer guidance, classes and workshops to get you started with all kinds of digital technologies. We’re making a big effort to be welcoming, so that people can just come off the street and start making.”
“STEAMLabs invited kids and families to build crazy Rube Goldberg machines at their brand-new Makerspace in downtown Toronto, and the resulting video is 62 seconds of fun. Makes me think OK Go should just hire these kids to do their next video.”
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“This may sound like a private school experience with a tech-focus, but in fact, we ran this program in an inner-city, music-centric school. None of these kids or their teacher had been exposed to these technologies before, but by the end of the 3 week build, they were naturally using them to solve problems.”
“Turning the learning process on its head, the first step is Play. Imaginations run wild and an idea is born. From that, the kids brainstorm how to make it real. Plans are made, research and skill development happens, and then the project is built. Failure is inevitable, but so is trying something different until it works. From this method of learning, skills and knowledge are obtained on the kids’ terms, and then takes root in their minds.”
“We work to shift students from a position of consumers of technology to roles as active participants and makers. As everyone spends more and more time face-down in technological devices we know that teachers are struggling to keep students engaged in learning. We turn this thinking on its head, leveraging students’ interest in technology as a means to get them thinking of science, math, art and coding.” – Andy Forest, Chief Instigator of STEAMlabs
Toronto District School Board News
“This was a fantastic opportunity for my students,” said teacher Abby Pierce. “The whole project was very student centered with the students choosing which aspect of the model on which they would like to work.” The students were excited to share their work through the DigiPlayspace. “It was cool to present a project that I worked on at the DigiPlayspace,” said Sabika G. “I was nervous at first but I gained confidence over time.”
“The unique thing with STEAMLabs is while there are already others spaces for adults, very rarely are there ones for all ages,” said Mader, whose job title is STEAMLabs idea wrangler. “We’re casting the net pretty wide – after school, camps, just for adults, beginners. We want to be a community makerspace, and be more accessible to the general public, as well as the seasoned professional.”
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Re-imagine Learning Pioneers Hangout series: a conversation about how to measure creativity, provide proof of impact while keeping pedagogy as playful as possible, and more.
- Andy Forest, co-founder of STEAMLabs
- Emilyn Green, executive director of Community Science Workshops Network
- Sara Gil, chief of communications at EduSpot
Interview with Andy Forest, co-founder of Toronto’s STEAMLabs. Along the way, we talk about empowering the world’s creators (hint: it’s all of us) and the best way to wake up on a cold winter’s morning (as per the genius invention of a 10 year old girl).
“After Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was handcuffed in Texas for building a clock that his teachers mistook for a bomb, Andy Forest, co-founder of STEAMLabs, organized a clock-building hackathon to show support for Ahmed and other young tinkerers. “You shouldn’t be afraid to invent or innovate,” Forest said. “The kind of reaction that Ahmed received is not okay. There are people who are willing to stand up for you if you are going to create something interesting and new.”