Sam Phillips

About Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips is the Manager and Lead Instructor at MetaMedia, a digital media lab and hang-out space open exclusively to middle-school youth at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, Illinois, United States. At MetaMedia, he oversees curriculum development across multiple modes of making, including audio and video production, video games, papercraft, circuitry, and digital fabrication. Prior to MetaMedia, Phillips was a video and animation teaching-artist at Street-Level Youth Media and Marwen in Chicago, and taught 6th Grade Writing and Technology at Nashville Prep Charter School. Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree in cinema studies from Oberlin College.


Posts by Sam Phillips

Meaningful Making: Podcast Workflow.

by on February 27, 2017 2:47 am
Over the past two months, the FabLearn Fellows have been quietly working behind the scenes to develop a podcast that we hope will spotlight the work of maker-educators from around the world, share constructionist best practices, and help us connect more meaningfully with each other and all of you. We’re calling it Meaningful Making because we want our… Read more Meaningful Making: Podcast Workflow.

New Year's Resolution: Meaningfully Engaging Families.

by on January 16, 2017 1:00 am
Henry Ossawa Tanner’s 1893 painting The Banjo Lesson is one of my favorite depictions of inter-generational learning. So many details from the painting illustrate my vision of what a perfect moment of mentorship looks like: The comfort and trust embodied in the way the boy is perched steadily on his grandfather’s knee. The trance of learning. The flow state. The “hard… Read more New Year's Resolution: Meaningfully Engaging Families.

Touching Gears.

by on December 8, 2016 3:09 am
  If you’re familiar with FabLearn, you’ve probably read Seymour Papert’s canonical essay “The Gears of my Childhood” where he describes his formative experiences with gears, cobbling together interlocking systems from an erector set and finding pleasure in their rudimentary functions. Gears became a schema through which Papert could access and understand the world around him and provided a comfort that informed his life-long passion for mathematics… Read more Touching Gears.

Diving In.

by on November 30, 2016 4:34 am
I never learned to swim. I can vaguely float. I can blow bubbles and tilt my head to breathe. I can wrap my body in a pool noodle and kick mightily until I’ve splashed myself breathless. But I can’t put it all together and swim a casual lap. It’s not for lack of trying. My parents enrolled me… Read more Diving In.