January 2016

January 2016


Happy 2016! How fantastic that so many YOUmedia community members were able to kick off the year together in-person, in Austin, Texas! The creative results of that time together are plentiful! The first days of the retreat launched the “Ask Me”  expertise shareouts which now include Informal Science, Steam Studio, and Game Jams.  And you can already enjoy these 2 new YouMedia podcasts, hosted by Julie Koslowsky:

Teen Spaces within Larger Institutions

Multi-site Collaborative Project

Other focus groups included development of the CoP Interest Form , capturing upcoming conferences and meetings, and “get-a-dot, keep-a-dot” sustained membership models, among others.  A high-powered start to the new year!

Discussions:  Leading up to Austin, and thereafter, the discussion forum is thriving with relevant topics, broadcasts, and links, such as:

NWP Radio spotlight on Mentorship

Amazing insights and links for the 3D Printer-verse

Mobile Maker Labs

New Site Spotlight on SURGE Columbus!

All-Ages Maker Programs

And shout-outs to our sites with recent media attention:

Deliberate Learning Ecosystems: Article co-authored by Jennifer Beradino (MoFA Houston)

Bronx Dreams: DreamYard in the New Yorker

Studio NPL in the local media

Resource Development Lineup: Started in August 2015, these resources keep rolling out to keep our sites robust and informed. Here are the latest, and be sure to check out the webinars page.

Guide to Power Mapping (Tricia George)

HOMAGO Curriculum Tree (Cody Coltharp)

Modes of Data Collection (David Wells)

Mentor Interview Question Bank (Adrienne Strock)


PLA, April 5-9

Maker Faires (regional and world-wide map)

ALA (Annual Conference, Orlando, FL: June 23-28, 2016,  (Registration opens noon [Central] January 19, 2016)

Site spotlights

We’re always looking for sites to feature! Email youmedia@astc.org