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The darkness is finally gone and spring is here. We have been busy planning and preparing our many new projects for 2019 and beyond.

In an effort not to get overwhelmed we remember Teddy Roosevelt: 'Do what you can, with what you have, where you are'.
Recent Highlights
Hopper Local Dublin: Women in Tech Conference
We were lucky to be among some of the most talented women in tech. Working with experts in academia, industry and research at Microsoft's DreamSpace, giving them the opportunity to get hands-on making with us during our session with them in February.

This event, the first outside of the US, launching the AnitaB.org Local Community in Ireland - roll on Hopper Local Dublin 2020!
School Excellence Fund
We have just finished our first round of student workshops with our cluster in our Makers In Schools project, a collaboration with four educate together secondary schools in Dublin and Cork. We provide training and support, giving teachers and students greater confidence in working with technology and setting up their own school makerspace. Our aim is to assist in the establishment of a community of learning that will have a positive impact on the national network of schools in Ireland.
 
UCD Innovation Academy
We continue our collaboration with UCD as part of their Entrepreneurial Educators programme. in January and February we delivered a series of workshops exploring Design Thinking with creative technology, inviting participants to explore the use of DC motors as a teaching tool within their practice. We are always so grateful that participants of our workshops and courses push themselves to the edge of their comfort zone - the payoff can be huge. We were really impressed by the results and look forward to continuing this work.
 
Upcoming Events
A Maker Approach to Art & Interactivity for Artists, Makers & Educators
We are delighted to be invited to deliver our two-day course on March 30th & 31st with members and friends of the BrokenCrow Theatre Company. This intensive and energising introduction to electronics will explore interactive technology in a creative and supportive environment, thus enabling education and artistic disciplines to cross pollinate; learning, imagining, and creating pieces using light, sound and sensor-based systems.

This course is now fully booked!
The Ark : Game Plan
We have partnered with The Ark to design a series of workshops exploring their current exhibition, 'Game Plan' - a celebration of the most enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood), London. Having recently delivered CPD training with educators, we will explore the role of innovation and design with young people at our Young Inventors Camp and our series of schools workshops over the coming months.

Contact The Ark for more details!
 
Schools Programme : Cruinniú na nÓg
Supported by Creative Ireland, we have partnered with Blanchardstown Library to deliver a primary and secondary school 'Makers' programme with young people from the Fingal area. Learners will tinker with art, electronics, and everyday materials. They will explore creativity and technology and produce a body of work that will be showcased in Swords Castle on June 15th - a national day of celebration of creativity in young people throughout Ireland.

Programme to begin in April - more details coming soon!
School Library Association of Ireland Conference #SLARI19
We will be joining librarians at their conference at BOI Workbench and speaking about one of our favourite subjects; creating a makerspace!

If you would like to join us on May 3rd and get hands-on with some creative technology, contact secretary@slari.ie - spaces are limited!

 
At Make Create Innovate, we offer workshops and courses that give learners an opportunity to make, build, create and explore. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to connect science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths. We work with young people and adults of all ages, at every educational level. If you would like to book a workshop with us feel free to get in touch.
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