The TEDtalk description for “The self-organizing computer course,” describes Shocken’s experiment in open learning:
“Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online — giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks — they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their own classes in the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A call to forget about grades and tap into the self-motivation to learn…”
“The Adaptive Services Division of the DC Public Library will host a Mini Maker Un-faireDIY (Do It Yourself) Fair in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Library is accessible from the Gallery Place and Metro Center subway stops.” More…
HacDC will be among the participating organizations at this event.
Since we’re battening the hatches for Frankenstorm, we’ll be closed Monday (10/29/12) and Tuesday (10/30/12).
On Wednesday we will reassess and post (if possible!!) our availability for the rest of the week depending on the power situation. As usual, if you are a non-member and stop by unannounced, call 202-556-4225 (HACK) to see if anyone’s around to let you in.
HacDC has now received notification of its approval for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Hence, all donations to the organization given after March 25, 2008 can be considered charitable gifts and are tax-deductible as allowed by law. And, in celebration and if you appreciate HacDC’s workspace and programs, now would be an excellent time to donate!
HacDC’s successful 501(c)(3) application is another validation of the claim that the amateur engineering workshops in this “new wave” of hackerspaces offer educational and societal benefits worthy of their recognition as public charities. HacDC was one of the earliest of these “new wave” hackerspaces to be established, and recently KQED in California did an excellent profile of our sister hackerspace Noisebridge in San Francisco. It is an outstanding introduction to what Noisebridge, HacDC, and other hackerspaces are all about.