Having a place to work is important and, although "a room of one's own" is an impossibility for many, a dedicated workspace to be creative and for virtual learning (or plain old homework) improves engagement and outcomes. Having a laptop and a desk at home has become a necessity for virtual learning as students have lost access to creative spaces at schools, libraries, makerspaces, and community centers. And, although many school provide Chromebooks or other devices to students learning at home, these are often limited for use with school programs. The significant disparities in access to these public and personal resources has only been magnified by the pandemic: How do kids with fewer resources get the tools that can foster their creativity and help them learn?
On this episode of Plan C live, Dale Dougherty of Make Community and Dorothy Jones-Davis from Nation of Makers talk to makers who are tackling this question with specific outreach efforts and partnerships that put desks, laptops, and other creative supplies into the hands of kids who don't have them. Our panelists include:
- Ian Cole, The Maker Effect Foundation
- Jordan Hopkins, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida
- Tim Bailey, ATHENA Rapid Response Innovation Lab
- Allen Brooks, Building Momentum
- Demetrius Norman, NWLA Makerspace
- Amy Vu, West Valley College