Table Top Inventing October 2014 Newsletter

Table Top Inventing October 2014 Newsletter

Table Top Inventing October 2014 Newsletter


A word from Steve and Debby 

The folks at Table Top Inventing want to ask you, “What is the purpose of an education?” 

This fall, the Table Top Inventing Crew is bringing the discussion to you with the launch of the Table Top Inventing Podcast and the TTI Educators Facebook page.

Feel free to jump in and join the discussion.  We’d love to hear from you!

  New TTI article in Teacher Librarian Magazine
Just Published on Teacher Librarian Magazine! This article is the 2nd installment of a 3 part series titled “The Environment and Tools of Great Educational Makerspaces, Part 2 of Making an Educational Maker Space”.
Great educational makerspaces inspire students to own their learning and deepen their thinking by exploring the world with all their senses. In a makerspace designed for independent exploration, curious students tinker and iterate their way through projects inspired by the space. A great educational makerspace motivates more questions than answers because asking the right questions leads to deeper understanding. Such lessons are not learned in a vacuum, and when independent exploration is the goal, the design of the space and the choice of the tools are mission critical.
Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo
The Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo is coming to Santa Clara CA, October 21-23.  It is being held at  the Santa Clara Convention Center.

TTI’s Steve Kurti will be conducting a workshop October 21, from 2-4pm, titled “Workshop 5: Strategy for an Educational Revolution”.  Learn how you can make a positive impact in your community with Maker Education and become an agent of change!

Please visit to learn more.


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Table Top Inventing Podcast

Episode 5: Meg Backus and Geoff Millener

Over the summer, Steve had a chance to interview Meg Backus and Geoff Millener of the Chattanooga, TN Library 4th Floor Maker Space!  Meg is the Systems Administrator and Chief Maker at the Chattanooga Public Library where she leads the The 4th Floor project, a public laboratory and educational facility with a focus on information, design, technology, and the applied arts.  Geoff is employed by the Mozilla Foundation, working to bridge the digital divide through coordinating the Gigabit Community Fund projects and building a Hive Learning Community. He also teaches an introductory class on 3-D printing for the Chattanooga Public Library’s 4th Floor.

Don’t miss this fun interview!  Available this Thursday at and itunes.


Video interview with Meg Backus and Geoff Millener
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Want to see what a maker space feels like?  Check out this video!
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Episode 4: Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager
We managed to catch Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez for a few minutes at ISTE in Atlanta while we were there.  Gary Stager is the founder of Constructing Modern Knowledge Summer Institute.  Sylvia Martinez is the former president of Generation Yes.  They are the authors of “Invent to Learn”-Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the classroom.  Join them and Steve as they discuss “What is the purpose of an education?”  
Available now on and itunes.
Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager Video Interview
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