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Brookwood Innovation Coordinator to Speak at World Maker Faire

Brookwood Innovation Coordinator Rich Lehrer heads to New York City as a featured speaker at the World Maker Faire on Oct 1 and 2.

Lehrer is one of six participants on the "Making For Good" panel discussion which will focus on the impact the Maker Movement has had and can have on peace and justice initiatives. 

"With the panel's focus on 'international perspectives,' this is a great opportunity to  talk about schools around the world who are coming on board with the Enable Community Foundation and the ECF curriculum I am writing," comments Rich, who in addition to his role at Brookwood is the Education Coordinator for the Enable Community Foundation.  "I will also share Brookwood's project-based learning curricular work, such as the Brookwood Problem Bank and Harborlight Community Design Project as examples of "what to do next" once a school has planted a "designing and making for good" seed in their students."

Panelists joining Rich on the Making for Good panel, which will be moderated by Make: magazine's Senior Editor Caleb Kraft, include:

Stephanie Santoso who works with Infosys Foundation USA and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop initiatives to support Makers with innovative solutions to challenging problems and create more opportunities for students to engage in Making. She helped develop President Obama’s Nation of Makers initiative, which included planning the first-ever White House Maker Faire and the National Week of Making.
Kerry Lohorn, a teacher with Goodwill NYNJ, who teaches those with barriers to employment how to use state-of-the-art technology.
Sam Bloch,  Communitere's founder, who has devoted the past decade to post-disaster relief in Thailand, Peru, Cuba, Haiti, the Philippines and, most recently, Nepal.
Peter Larsen founded the ECF chapter at Umass Lowell, bringing students of all disciplines together to work on real world humanitarian problems by printing 3D assistive devices. Peter currently serves as the Chapter Coordinator for US universities and as the Print Center Supervisor for eNABLE International Haiti.
Xanthe Matychak who is Assistant Director of the Hardware Accelerator at REV Ithaca, where she helps inventors become entrepreneurs.
Robert Ryan-Silva is a maker and international development professional.

In addition to participating in the panel discussion, Rich will be at the Enable Community Foundation information booth throughout the weekend.  "The panel discussion and the info booth are great opportunities to talk about what we're doing here at Brookwood in order to excite a new generation of makers in terms of the authentic potential of 3-D printing," comments Rich, adding, "Brookwood was one of the first schools to implement a 3-D printing prosthetic project, and there are now hundreds of schools around the world involved in these types of authentic design initiatives.  Schools recognize the potential for meaningful projects for their students, and the Maker Faire promotes conversations about our approach that could help influence the prodction of and improve access to affordable and customizable prosthetics."

Last year's World Maker Faire drew more than 90,000 attendees and another impressive turnout is expected this year.  Read more about Rich, the World Maker Faire, Enable Community Foundation, Brookwood Innovation projects here.