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

seyMour's puBlic enTities, eDith's maKe-ing conVersation & DeSign ReViews

by on March 28, 2017 4:22 am
“Learning … happens especially felicitously in a context where the learner is consciously engaged in constructing a public entity.”   Seymour Papert “Papert is interested in how learners engage in a conversation with [their own or other people’s] artifacts, and how these conversations boost self-directed learning, and ultimately facilitate the construction of new knowledge.”  Edith Ackermann… Read more seyMour's puBlic enTities, eDith's maKe-ing conVersation & DeSign ReViews

LogoEditor! An Online Text Editor for the LogoTurtle Robot with James Salvatore

by on February 7, 2017 9:52 pm
For the past several years, many of us in the maker education community have been working on developing a new LogoTurtle Robot (with Josh Burker and Erik Nauman leading the way) to honor Seymour Papert. “Logo Turtle with Seymour Papert Lego MiniFig” kindness of Christopher Sweeney A frustrating issue with coding in a classroom or… Read more LogoEditor! An Online Text Editor for the LogoTurtle Robot with James Salvatore

Connecting Children around the World to Explore Emotions through the Emosilla "Emotions Chair"

by on December 6, 2015 4:30 pm
Ilaria La Manna is an extraordinary children’s educator and director of Fab Lab Argentina, who works with FabLat, an organization that connects children and educators learning and making all over Latin America.  She is in Boston taking some courses and generously offered to connect our Fab Lab to a network of Fab Labs doing an… Read more Connecting Children around the World to Explore Emotions through the Emosilla "Emotions Chair"

“I saved the world...multiple times!”: the powerful impact of youth teaching younger children and their peers STEAM-related activities

by on November 20, 2015 3:44 pm
This is a guest blogpost by our talented Tufts University Tisch Summer Fellow, Michelle Nguyen, who conducted research with Boston’s Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn program.  Annually, our teen youth teachers teach 700+ children at over 25 community organizations. We have high expectations that our youth always exceed.  As our program name suggests, we… Read more “I saved the world...multiple times!”: the powerful impact of youth teaching younger children and their peers STEAM-related activities

Making the world of maker education work for everyone: Listening to what youth say

by on November 1, 2015 2:13 am
I’ve been an education organizer for Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn for a dozen years. Many of our youth have moved on to college and beyond and sometimes I lose track of them.  So, late one night I decided to google “Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn” to see what came up. To my… Read more Making the world of maker education work for everyone: Listening to what youth say

Sweet Tweets: Remixing the Electric Cuff Activity

by on October 15, 2015 2:00 am
As a maker-educator, I love Twitter and have many Twitter maker friends who inspire my practice. Recently, my Twitter friend @joshburker (who recently published a rockin’ maker guide you definitely want to buy!) did a light-up electric cuff soft circuit project with his senior citizen technology group at the library. This past summer, we made… Read more Sweet Tweets: Remixing the Electric Cuff Activity

Toward Making Change: Beyond #BlackLivesMatter (Three: Using Design-Thinking, Collaboration & Hip Hop Culture to Plan Activities)

by on October 13, 2015 1:52 am
This is the third 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 was to create a safe and creative space for high school and college youth to explore their… Read more Toward Making Change: Beyond #BlackLivesMatter (Three: Using Design-Thinking, Collaboration & Hip Hop Culture to Plan Activities)

"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)

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