June 16 – 22, 2017
Tracy Gray

Tracy Gray

Brooklyn, New York
The Sankofa Global Project


What does it mean to be a maker?

Being a Maker is building, creating, collaborating, designing, analyzing, examining, and making connections in a myriad of ways. Makers tinker with things and ideas, and learn in an informal, or formal, atmosphere by working on projects, experiments and activities. As a Tech Education Entrepreneur, I believe Makers have natural curiosity about their world and how things work. A Maker world is where one experiences "hands-on" exhibits, demonstrations, projects and experiments; delving into real workshop environments by working with tools and work tables. The most important component of "Maker-ism" to develop critical thinking through the success and failure of individual and collective endeavors.

What are you doing in the Maker community?

The Sankofa Global Project is stepping up our commitment by hosting hands-on Tinker Workshop Lab Event for 2,000 students in Manhattan and Brooklyn during the National Week of Making, June 17 - June 23, 2016. At the Labs, students will tinker with ideas and gadgets to learn about science in an informal atmosphere. The Tinker Workshop Labs offer:

Hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, projects and experiments

A rich workshop environment including tools and work tables

Critical thinking skill development through exercises in trial and error during successes scientific experiments

Inspiration for students to pursue careers in STEM by building self-esteem through real world success.

We are excited that Flybrix Make Your Own LEGO® Drone Kits, a hardware startup from San Francisco, California, will join the Tinker Workshop Labs to showcase Flybrix Kits. Makers, students, and teachers will engage in demonstrations on how to Make Their Own Drones using LEGO® bricks for hands-on robotics and engineering experience. We are pleased to announce that Play-Well Teknologies, a Pre-Engineering and Engineering FUNdamentals LEGOⓇ inspired program, will also join Sankofa Global’s Tinker Workshop Labs. The Workshop Labs will take place during regular attendance hours at the following schools:

June 17 - P.S. 198, Brooklyn

June 20 Nord Angila International School, Manhattan

June 21 - P.S. 269, Brooklyn

P.S. 249, Brooklyn

P.S. 233, Brooklyn

Sankofa Global’s team of educators, engineers, and entrepreneurs has established an education program that creates measurable steps that organizations and communities can take to support effective STEM learning. Sankofa Global plans to scale its education program to ten U.S. cities in the next five years. With a focus on exposing more students to STEM based topics, Sankofa Global aims to expand career opportunities to underrepresented groups - youth, adults, and people of color, to succeed in the STEM-based technical fields.

Who are some other Makers you admire and why?

Norma Sklarek, Dr. Aprille J. Ericsson-Jackson, Dr. Kwabena Boahen, Nikola Tesla, and Darin Gray, my brother.