Farewell and Thank You from NWAIS Maker Labs Fellowship Team

As we reach the end of the 2014-2015 NWAIS Fellowship for Collaborative Innovation on Maker Labs, we would like to thank everyone who collaborated with us and supported us throughout the past year.  We feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to explore Maker Labs together and to share our learning with the entire NWAIS community.  

The Maker Labs Fellowship Team a the 1st NWAIS Maker Fest.  From left: Jeff Tillinghast (University Prep), Wing L. Mui (Overlake), Adrienne Gifford (Open Window School), Geneva Hinchliffe (Overlake), and Santosh Zachariah (Evergreen)

The Maker Labs Fellowship Team a the 1st NWAIS Maker Fest.  From left: Jeff Tillinghast (University Prep), Wing L. Mui (Overlake), Adrienne Gifford (Open Window School), Geneva Hinchliffe (Overlake), and Santosh Zachariah (Evergreen)

From meeting for the first time at the 2014 NWAIS area conference, to developing our project proposal, growing our collective expertise on Maker Labs through professional development, hosting our Maker Labs roundtable and Maker movie screening events, and many other engaging discussions, we have learned so much more by working together with the NWAIS community than we ever could have on our own.

By far the most rewarding (and fun!) part of our collaboration was organizing and executing the first NWAIS Maker Fest, where over 50 students (from kindergartens to high school seniors) from multiple NWAIS area schools came together to share their creativity and innovation with our wider community. 

Although our official project has come to an end, we hope that all of  you will continue to keep in touch with us.  The NWAIS Makerspace Listserv will remain active and you can join here.  

You can also find the Maker Labs Fellowship Team on Twitter: Adrienne Gifford (@adriennegifford), Wing L. Mui (@winglmui), Jeff Tillinghast (@jefftillinghast), Santosh Zachariah (@SantoshZach), Geneva Hinchliffe (@Lorien808).

We look forward to continuing the conversation around Maker Labs, and to exploring a new topic with the next NWAIS Fellowship for Collaborative Innovation team this upcoming year!