mānoa valley, on the island of oʻahu, is beautiful in myriad ways – rich in history and intriguing spaces.
the neighborhood is also home to cycle mānoa, an awesome community-based organization dedicated to promoting bike culture.
founded in 2008, cycle mānoa is a volunteer organization that supports and enables cycling on campus and throughout the island. participants offer bike repairs for students, and the general public, for free, and parts at cost, as well as hands-on learning of bike repair. donations welcome.
hackerspaces, community-operated physical places where people share their interest in tinkering with technology, meet and work on their projects, and learn with each other, have been around many years. they emerge from and enable DIY culture. they have been growing in popularity for the past decade.
i was first introduced to makerspace at the CU fab lab, which offers open times as well as classes – and the nearby IDEA store is a great place to find materials. makerspaces in academic, school, and public libraries are growing rapidly too. ‘Iolani Sullivan Center is an awesome example.
here are a few makerspace sources to keep handy:
makerspaces align with the STEAM movement and with standards like NGSS – particularly the science and engineering dimension focused on engaging in practices to build, deepen, and apply knowledge.
sometimes making can even take place on the move. earlier this year, i had the opportunity to engage in some problem-based learning onboard the 42-foot research vessel, Kaholo. ahoy!