Susan Klimczak

About Susan Klimczak

Susan Klimczak

South End Technology Center @ Tent City, United States - I am the education organizer of Boston's Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn program, passionate about engaging our youth in the creative possibilities of engineering and technology. Every day I witness the genius of our teenage youth as teachers, makers, and catalyzers of cultural change in our communities. I also love my bicycle and baking pies.


Posts by Susan Klimczak

"Technological Disobedience" in Cuba and informal making education

by on January 30, 2015 11:00 pm
The FabLearn Fellows have been talking a lot about decentering the history and definition of making, makers and maker education. I ran across this video on “Technological Disobedience” in Cuba that sparked my imagination. The description says: In 1991, Cuba’s economy began to implode. “The Special Period in the Time of Peace” was the government’s… Read more "Technological Disobedience" in Cuba and informal making education

"Why I am not a Maker" by Debbie Chachra: Toward problematizing what it means to be a "Maker"

by on January 25, 2015 10:40 pm
I really liked this article “Why I am not a Maker” by Debbie Chachra from our own Olin College outside Boston, which is doing the most difficult and amazing work of transforming engineering education. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/01/why-i-am-not-a-mak… I added some comments to the article that I paraphrase here: I have been the education organizer for Learn 2… Read more "Why I am not a Maker" by Debbie Chachra: Toward problematizing what it means to be a "Maker"

Toward Making Change: Beyond #BlackLivesMatter (Two: Strategies for Networking & Community Participation)

by on January 11, 2015 9:44 pm
This is the second of a series of posts documenting the progression of a collaborative project at the South End Technology Center @ Tent City supported by the Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean’s Equity Project.  The goal is to create a safe and creative space for high school and college youth to explore their… Read more Toward Making Change: Beyond #BlackLivesMatter (Two: Strategies for Networking & Community Participation)

An interesting article on "Culturally responsive computing: a theory revisited"

by on January 7, 2015 9:40 pm
Among the FabLearn Fellows and at the Fab Learn Conference this past October, there has been a focus on thinking about how to put youth of color, young women and youth living in families with low incomes at the center of the maker education movement. As part of my own research for a current project… Read more An interesting article on "Culturally responsive computing: a theory revisited"

Toward Making Change: Beyond #BlackLivesMatter (One: Introduction)

by on January 7, 2015 9:36 pm
This is the first of a series of posts documenting the progression of a collaborative project at the South End Technology Center @ Tent City supported by the Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean’s Equity Project.  The goal is to create a safe and creative space for high school and college youth to explore their… Read more Toward Making Change: Beyond #BlackLivesMatter (One: Introduction)

The church says "Amen"! : Leah Buechley rocks as she works to decenter "Making"

by on November 9, 2014 8:12 pm
Leah Buechley rocks and I have been impressed and moved by her since we met.   When she was working and researching at the MIT Media Lab High Low Technology Group, Leah also had a tremendous impact on Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn. She and her graduate students had a deep understanding for the… Read more The church says "Amen"! : Leah Buechley rocks as she works to decenter "Making"

Dr. Nettrice Gaskins: Recontextualizing the Makerspace & Culturally Responsive Education

by on November 1, 2014 11:51 pm
At the Fab Learn Conference last weekend, I was struck that Paulo Blickstein set the tone by making a strong argument for maker education to focus on inclusion and equity even suggesting the importance of giving  “an unfair advantage to low income youth.” Here in Boston I am part of the work of the Race,… Read more Dr. Nettrice Gaskins: Recontextualizing the Makerspace & Culturally Responsive Education

Creating opportunities for youth to transform their relationship with failure

by on October 2, 2014 11:23 pm
A “What I am reading and thinking about” post! Having a positive and playful relationship to failure is an important ingredient in making!  I have some very amusing video footage of our youth discussing the process of creating a perfect pressfit cube, advising each other that it takes at least 20 failures to really understand… Read more Creating opportunities for youth to transform their relationship with failure

Everything "fab" we do & teach should have "uniqueness, impact and magic"!

by on September 30, 2014 11:17 pm
This evening I was reading this article by MIT Media Lab’s Joi Ito & feeling a “kindred spirit” tingle. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140930004656-1391-antidisciplinary I feel as though the goal he sets forth for education activities to have “uniqueness, impact and magic” is a great one for all the special making spaces we are creating.  Our makerspaces should be such… Read more Everything "fab" we do & teach should have "uniqueness, impact and magic"!

“Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.”

by on September 12, 2014 11:00 pm
I always struggle with devising effective groundrules for our making learning communities. There are obvious safety rules, but the “how to make and be with others in the makerspace” guidelines are tougher Each year, we have the youth devise their own “We the People” set of expectations which we put on a big poster and… Read more “Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.”

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