Across the world "Repair Cafes" are being founded to help people repair things and save them from being tossed in the trash. If you're unfamiliar with the concept check out this short video:
This is actually a large part of what folks at LVL1 have done in our space over the years, however it seems that we may not be communicating this effectively. There's been discussions online regarding starting a Repair Cafe here in Louisville but given that we already have LVL1 and we're already set up to do this we thought we'd just set up a formal time for folks to meet at our space specifically to work on helping fix each other's broken stuff.
Come to our space every Friday night at 8 and help volunteer to fix things or bring in something broken for us to try and fix. No guarantees but we'll see what we can do!
For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repair Cafe
Over the summer, member Divinity Rose coached a team of Junior Achievers as they worked to develop their technology based product and startup "Sensor Buddies." The team was being paid as part of the Mayor's Summer Works program that employed 4200 youth over the summer. The team of three 17-year-old students from Central High School learned to solder and use many of our resources, including the wood shop, vinyl cutter, and laser cutter.
Their experiences at Lvl 1 facilitated growth, confidence building, and creative problem solving; it was so inspiring to see each of their individual strengths blossom. You can see their summary of the summer in the video below.
We look forward to seeing what they accomplish this year as senior in the business magnet program at Central High School with their teacher Dana Kelly. Thank you Mayor Fischer for facilitating such a great program.
With some help and inspiration from LVL1, Kentucky Country Day School is developing a Fab Lab for STEAM.
The ideas behind KCD’s STEAM initiative come from an enthusiastic group of teachers in math, science, and the arts, including two teachers who are also founding members of Louisville’s LVL1 hackerspace. KCD already has STEAM projects in place in the curriculum, including middle school robotics classes, a rocketry project in upper school physics, the middle school Scratch programming unit, and a middle school elective that explores math through origami. Our STEAM curriculum will build on these existing strengths; we are already planning to extend the Lego Robotics curriculum into the Lower School. Moving forward, we will continue to introduce new STEAM units and courses across all divisions.
We are particularly excited by plans to develop a fabrication laboratory — or Fab Lab — which will provide a home for many STEAM-based projects. Our goal is to equip this Fab Lab with computer-aided design workstations as well as cutting-edge tools such as a laser cutter and 3D printer. These devices will allow students to design and manufacture many of the components of the projects they will be working on.
This year, KCD teachers have been studying of the role of 21st century skills in our classes. Dean of Studies Anne Glosky points out that “STEAM curriculum enhances the core 21st century skills of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Our faculty is excited about expanding our STEAM offerings and continuing to provide an innovative education to our students."