Maker Culture and Youth

On April 25th, a new book featuring an article I wrote in collaboration with Kako Valladares and Kate Samson was published by Fundación Ceibal from Uruguay, with support from Digitally Connected. The book, Jóvenes, transformación digital y nuevas formas de inclusión en América Latina (Youth, digital transformation and new forms of inclusion in Latin America) contains pieces on the subject of youth and digital culture, experiences and platforms for education and inclusion.

Our article tackled the question of traditional knowledge and maker culture as a way to enhance the educational capabilities of children and youth. We explored the initiative of an educational program design by Kako Valladares (Fab Lab El Salvador) and Kate Samson (Creativity Labs). This initiative spanned several iterations in different regions of Mesoamerica (El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico) to be joined in by different fab labs and to impact youth from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

You can download the book here.

Collaborative Mapping Workshop

This past August we had the chance to work as part of the Fab13 Conference alongside Habitat for Humanity Chile and women from La Florida, a community in Santiago, with help from makers from different countries in a participatory workshop of diagnostics of environmental issues in Santiago. The workshop intended to develop in participants the abilities to work alongside people from local areas on identifying possible projects to be tackled with Internet of Things (IoT) projects.

The workshop took place at a local middle school in Santiago, with support from Fab Lab Aconcagua, from which some project ideas will be further developed.

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