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DM+D’S Last Huzzah! Party

The past three years have been an incredible journey for The Department of Making + Doing and we’re so proud of what’s been accomplished in that time. So let’s have one last huzzah! before we close our doors. There will be plenty of food and drink (adult and otherwise) for all to enjoy. And, since it’s nearly Halloween, costumes are welcome and encouraged.

Thank you for making The Department of Making + Doing such an inspiring community to be a part of.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Thursday, October 29th

Time

7pm – 10pm

Price

FREE!

DM+D Futures


Author:
DM+D Partners
Date:
August 25, 2015

To the DM+D community.

Over the course of nearly three years, The Department of Making + Doing (DM+D) and its partners have worked together to build a community of engaged Philadelphians that has helped thousands of youth, families, artists and educators build confidence and competence with design thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and using traditional as well as high-tech tools. However, as the total cost of operating DM+D continues to increase and the current lease on the space at 3711 Market Street set to end on November 30th, 2015, the DM+D Partners—University City Science Center (UCSC), NextFab, Public Workshop, and The Hacktory—find ourselves at a crossroads. While our efforts have been incredibly productive and fruitful, we believe that it is no longer sustainable to continue at the current location. Therefore, we have decided not to extend the lease beyond November 30th.

“The DM+D community of partners and participants is moving beyond the bounds of one physical space to continue our missions, touch more lives, and engage in making the world a better place. I would like to express my gratitude to the Science Center and Wexford for their financial and operational support of DM+D – without which, the partnership would not have been able to impact positively so many lives.” remarked Evan Malone, NextFab’s President.

DM+D was established in 2012 as a collaboration among the four member organizations, with support from the Knight Foundation, ArtPlace America and the Barra Foundation. The partnership has been successful in growing the capacity of all of the organizations, and we’re grateful to have had the opportunity to achieve this success in collaboration with one another. DM+D’s Program Manager, Mike Darfler had this to say: “The DM+D Partnership built a space where all of the partners could explore and grow their organizations, their impact and their capacity. In that regard it was wildly successful.”

Alex Gilliam of Public Workshop commented, “DM+D has enabled us to build more great things and fabricate them better, while providing the space, tools and community to grow a diverse team of truly empowered Building Heroes who are legitimate change-agents in their own communities.”

Georgia Guthrie of The Hacktory said, “Being part of DM+D has helped our organization grow our capacity exponentially. We’ve been able to launch a variety of new programs with the benefit of the tools and location DM+D provides, including our Kid’s Club after-school and Unknown Territory Artist Residency. We look forward to continuing this work and growing our offerings in a new location in West Philly.”

“We’re proud of the successes we’ve accomplished through the DM+D partnership and as individual organizations,” adds Science Center President & CEO Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA. “Similar to companies that graduate from an incubator or accelerator, we view DM+D as having served as an ideal launching pad for many exciting things to come, and we will continue to do our part to support the maker movement in Philadelphia.”
Each of the partners is fully committed to building upon the work that they have accomplished and are actively exploring new opportunities and locations at which to continue and expand their efforts. In the meantime we will continue to run programming at DM+D through October, including Drop In + Do, youth and family programming, and skills based adult workshops. Moving forward, over the next few months we will be collecting and capturing as much information, knowledge and insight about the challenges, success and impact of DM+D as possible. Our hope is that by doing so our experiences can be transformed into knowledge which can become an asset to you and the DM+D community, as well as our funders, partners and supporters.

Stay tuned for more updates soon.

Best Regards,

The DM+D Partners

Mike Darfler, DM+D
Georgia Guthrie, The Hacktory
Alex Gilliam, Public Workshop
Evan Malone, NextFab
David Clayton, Science Center – FirstHand

 

A Summary of DM+D Achievements

Milestones and successes achieved since 2012:

  • The Hacktory is now operating as independent 501(c)3 organization
  • Public Workshop is activating more public spaces than ever, in the city and across the country
  • NextFab successfully launched a second maker-space in South Kensington and continues to successfully incubate early-stage companies
  • The Science Center has grown its Breadboard program into FirstHand, which recently received the US2020 2015 STEM Mentoring Award.

 

…and a few collective accomplishments of DM+D:

  • 1,500 program hours
  • 600 programs & workshops held
  • 6,000 program participants
  • Drop In + Do, a weekly open project night, has consistently attracted a steady stream of attendees ages 5-85
  • Received press coverage in:Make Magazine, Fast.co, GRID Magazine, Philly.com, Flying Kite, Edutopia, Technical.ly Philly, Local ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX affiliates, Newsworks/WHYY, Geekadelphia, BillyPenn, Generocity, Play Scapes blog, Campus Philly, Philadelphia Inquirer, Metropolis Magazine, CityPaper, Canadian Broadcasting  Corp.
  • Established a network of more than 40 educational and philanthropic organizations, including: Samuel Huey School, Science Leadership Academy, Julia R. Masterman, the Henry Lea School, William Meredith School, Robeson High School, South Philadelphia School, KiPP West Charter School, City School, Boys Latin Charter School, Morton McMichael School, St. Helena Incarnation, Drexel University, Philadelphia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of the Arts, Girl Scouts of South-East PA, People’s Emergency Center, North 5th Revitalization Project, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, Philadelphia Beekeepers Alliance, Neighborhood Bike Works, Smith Memorial Playground, Community Design Collaborative, Temple University, ExCITe Center, Schuylkill River Development Corporation, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Music Lab, Drexel Dornsife Center, The Philadelphia Science Festival, Philadelphia Water Dept, Fairmount Water Works, Food Trust, PhillyCAM, Urban Technology Project

 

Continuation of DM+D programs and related activities by DM+D partners:

  • NextFab will be offering workshops, classes, events, and facility access hours tailored specifically to youth and families. NextFab’s North 4th Street location will be hosting Secret Storage on September 20th, with other workshops to be announced.
  • Public Workshop and Tiny WPA will continue to expand their work with partners in communities throughout the region and country, empowering people of all ages to design and build innovative improvements in their communities. This includes expanding The Building Hero Project, our community design leadership program and social enterprise.
  • The Hacktory is excited to continue our activities in a new location in West Philadelphia. Being part of DM+D has helped our organization grow our capacity exponentially. We’ve been able to launch a variety of new programs with the benefit of the tools and location DM+D provides, including our after-school and artist residency programs. We look forward to continuing this work and continuing to grow our offerings in a new location.
  • FirstHand will continue to engage middle school aged youth in STEAM programs and activities, based at its FirstHand Lab location on the Science Center campus, that enable students to design experiments, test hypotheses and work toward final projects to share with the community.  FirstHand programs are supplemented with mentorships from the Science Center’s resident companies, where students learn about and experience real-life STEM entrepreneurship in real-world applications.

Creepy Kitchen

Scientists conduct experiments in order to explore and study the world around them. A Mad Scientist’s experiments cross boundaries that ought not to be crossed. If you were a mad scientist what would you experiment with? Prepare to get in touch with your inner mad scientist and get messy. Explore the different states of matter using ingredients you can find around your house. Create magnetic slime, glow-in-the-dark oobleck, spooky bubbles, and even make instant ice cream with dry ice. This program is designed for children 5-10 and their adults.

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Brittany_W

Brittany Walker is a Philadelphia-based multimedia and teaching artist who combines craftsmanship, functionality, and interaction into her own works and while teaching others. After graduating from University of the Arts in 2012 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Crafts, Walker turned her focus to inspiring Philadelphia youth to learn through creation. She has run multiple after school programs within the Philadelphia area Including the Free Library of Philadelphia, The Village of Arts and Humanities, and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Sunday, October 25th

Time

1-3pm

Price

$39/$35 Early Bird 

Animatronic Origami

Almost everything expands as it gets warmer, but did you know some metals actually contract when they are heated? Nickel Titanium shape memory actuator wire, or “Muscle Wire” has a unique ability to contract when a current is passed through it, making it perfect for art and robotics. It was even used on the NASA Sojourner rover mission to Mars in 1997. Explore the unique properties of this wire and create a circuit that will bring your origami to life. Designed for children 10-15 and their adults.

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Brittany_W

Brittany Walker is a Philadelphia-based multimedia and teaching artist who combines craftsmanship, functionality, and interaction into her own works and while teaching others. After graduating from University of the Arts in 2012 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Crafts, Walker turned her focus to inspiring Philadelphia youth to learn through creation. She has run multiple after school programs within the Philadelphia area Including the Free Library of Philadelphia, The Village of Arts and Humanities, and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

anima-orig

IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Sunday, October 11th

Time

1-3pm

Price

$39/$35 Early Bird 

Open Hardware Summit 2015

The Open Hardware Summit is the annual conference organized by the Open Source Hardware Association and the world’s first comprehensive conference on open hardware: a venue to discuss and draw attention to the rapidly growing Open Source Hardware movement. This year’s summit will be on September 19, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA.

Speakers include world renowned leaders from industry, academia, and the maker community. Talks cover a wide range of subjects from electronics and mechanics to related fields such as digital fabrication, fashion technology, self-quantification devices, and DIY bio. As a microcosm of the Open Source Hardware community, the Summit provides a friendly forum to be as inclusive as possible. The Open Hardware Summit was founded in 2010 by Alicia Gibb and Ayah Bdeir with support from Peter Semmelhack and Bug Labs in its founding years. Read more history.

MEET THE CO-CHAIRS

dustyn-roberts

Dustyn is a Philadelphia-based engineer and Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware, where she teaches hands-on classes in design and robotics and helps run the Design Studio. Dustyn holds a BS in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS in Biomechanics & Movement Science from the University of Delaware, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from New York University.

addie

Addie is the co-founder of NORTD Labs, an international research and development lab founded in 2007. NORTD produces open source hardware projects that have been used and built by millions worldwide including the open source laser cutter Lasersaur. She is also a member of the hacker collaborative Free Art & Technology (F.A.T.) Lab and the founder of Deep Lab, a crypto-deep web collaborative. Her works are available at bitforms gallery in New York City. More information is available at her website or follow her on twitter.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Saturday, September 19th

Time

8:30am-6pm

Location

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia

Price

$75 

Circuit City 9.19.15

Electricity powers everything from a single light bulb to an entire city, but how does electricity get from the power plant to your home? Explore how electricity flows by building simple circuits that light up or make noise. Then combine them with other people’s creations to make more complex circuits and see how they interact. Each component will be a building of your own making, and when combined they will form a city as unique as Philadelphia. When you’re finished take your creations home and keep exploring. Designed for kids 5-10 and their adults.

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Brittany_W

Brittany Walker is a Philadelphia-based multimedia and teaching artist who combines craftsmanship, functionality, and interaction into her own works and while teaching others. After graduating from University of the Arts in 2012 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Crafts, Walker turned her focus to inspiring Philadelphia youth to learn through creation. She has run multiple after school programs within the Philadelphia area Including the Free Library of Philadelphia, The Village of Arts and Humanities, and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Saturday, September 19th

Time

1-3pm

Price

$39/$35 Early Bird 

8Bit Wall Decals 9.13.15

Are your walls lacking in your favorite 8bit designs? Is there a notable absence of zombie stickers on your phone? From Minecraft to Mario to Memes, 8bit is everywhere on your screens but why not bring it out to the physical world. Learn how to use your favorite 8bit images to create customizable decorations. Using Illustrator you will learn to transform your favorite iconic image into stickers and decals that you can put anywhere. Take your creations home and customize your everything. Designed for kids ages 9-14 and their adults.

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Brittany_W

Brittany Walker is a Philadelphia-based multimedia and teaching artist who combines craftsmanship, functionality, and interaction into her own works and while teaching others. After graduating from University of the Arts in 2012 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Crafts, Walker turned her focus to inspiring Philadelphia youth to learn through creation. She has run multiple after school programs within the Philadelphia area Including the Free Library of Philadelphia, The Village of Arts and Humanities, and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

8 bit designs

IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Sunday, September 13th

Time

1-3pm

Price

$39/$35 Early Bird 

LED Masks & Monsters 10.24.15

Light-up fashion has been spreading over the past several years, working its way up from the hobbyist world to the runway, and now disseminating back into the community. Our class is designed to give beginners a crash course in circuits and sewing and a practical guide to working with e-textiles. We’ll provide materials for attendees to make an LED felt monster, or you can bring your own fabric and work on your own project. No previous experience is required. Prior programming knowledge is not required.

Age 13+

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

bergey_rasppi

Daniel Bergey learned to program on his mother’s knee,and has been coding off and on since, usually while he should be doing something else. More recently he studies the physics and energy use of buildings. He started using the Raspberry Pi a few years ago for remote for data collection.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Saturday, October 24th

Time

1-4pm

Price

$35

Intro to GitHub 10.20.15

Ever make changes that broke your code and forgot how your code worked before? Want to work with someone on a code project, but aren’t sure who has the latest version of a particular file? Interested in open source software, yet not sure how to contribute? Learn how to use Git and Github to solve these problems and more!

Git is a popular version control application that can track your code changes. This session will introduce the basics of version control and how to use Git to keep track of your changes to a project. You’ll also learn how to use GitHub (a hosting service) to collaborate with other developers. We will start the class by setting up your GitHub account and configuring Git on your machine.

Age 13+

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

sjohnson

Sarah Johnson started her IT career as a receptionist who asked why her company used pen and paper instead of a web application and ended up as the Manager of Technology. She learned web programming on the job with support from community tech user groups, eventually giving back to the same community by teaching with organizations like Girl Develop It and TechGirlz. After volunteering with TechGirlz as a teacher, committee member, and TechShopz Coach, Sarah was hired as the Community Outreach Manager, working to engage the community in and beyond Philadelphia to inspire girls to learn about technology.

Sarah’s social life consists of organizing and attending technology-related events in the Philadelphia area. She is a co-organizer of OpenAccessPHL, a network of civic technology enthusiasts and innovators, a member of the planning committee for the Women in Tech Summit, and an active member of the Code for Philly brigade of Code for America.

github

IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Tuesday, October 20th

Time

6:30-8:30pm

Price

$15

Intro to Physical Computing w Raspi 10.07.15

The Raspberry Pi is an excellent machine for physical computing projects that need networking, disk storage, or both. It runs Linux and has standard video, audio, and USB ports, so you have your choice of software, programming languages, and hardware. This class will provide a fast-paced tour of everything you need to start your own projects on the Raspberry Pi.

We’ll cover initial setup, connecting the computer to the internet, connecting to breadboards using SPI or I2C, and a taste of the Linux command line – and we’ll explain what all that means. Some prior programming experience, in any language, is assumed. The class examples will be in Python.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

bergey_rasppi

Daniel Bergey learned to program on his mother’s knee,and has been coding off and on since, usually while he should be doing something else. More recently he studies the physics and energy use of buildings. He started using the Raspberry Pi a few years ago for remote for data collection.

RasPi

IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date

Wednesdays, October 7, 14 + 21

Time

7-9pm

Price

$120/for 3 courses

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