Capturing Dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History Museum

Over the summer we provided curriculum development consulting and youth instruction services for the Education Department at the American Museum of Natural History.  The summer program we helped the AMNH with was called “Capturing Dinosaurs” – here is a video:

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NYC Makery: A Pop-Up Makerspace for Kids


NYC Makery
This week, HTINK opened the doors to a brand new pop-up makerspace for kids: The NYC Makery. As a group of makers and educators who are passionate about spreading the joy of making, we have been itching to open a makerspace for kids for the past few years.


Finding an affordable space in New York City has proven to be our biggest hurdle. So a few months ago we decided to start with a pop-up model as a way to begin sooner, build a community, and figure out what works, and what doesn’t, in a makerspace for kids. Our hope is that through setting up a series of temporary makerspaces and holding making workshops in different communities all around New York City, we will learn through an iterative process and discover the best practices for setting up a makerspace geared especially towards young people.

Eventually we want to find a permanent home for The Makery, but until we do, look for us to pop-up in various spaces all around New York City.

The Makery is open:

August 13 – 27, 2012
The Invisible Dog Art Center
51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY

We will have a free evening Open House on Thursday Aug 16th, 4-8PM.

Learn more or register at\

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HTINK Member Jaymes Dec speaking at TEDxNYED

HTINK member Jaymes Dec is joining a talented selection of pioneers in education at this year’s TEDxNYED event.

TEDxNYED is independently organized by New York educators. At TEDxNYED, live speakers and TED Talk videos combine to spark deep discussion and connections. TEDxNYED presenters are invited to share their insights and inspire conversations about the future of education. Attendees of the conference participate via networking sessions where they educate one another and, in the spirit of TED, help spread these ideas.

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“Making the Future” programs mentioned in White House Press release

HTINK has been working with Cognizant to create Maker programs in New York City, as part of Cognizant’s “Making the Future” initiative. We’re working in the Bronx with Dreamyard, and in Newark with the Newark Museum and Big Picture learning. These programs were recently mentioned in a White House press release regarding STEM Programs.

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HTINK Young Maker featured in New York Post!

Nick DeJesus, one of HTINK’s Young Makers in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, was recently featured in the New York Post. Click here to read the article!






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K-12 Schools + MakerBot 3-D Printing

MakerBot recently released a video on their website highlighting efforts to bring more 3-D Printers into schools.  HTINK member Jon Santiago was interviewed about this ongoing effort — check out the video here.




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Saturday & Sunday HTINK classes / workshops during World Maker Faire 2011

HTINK will be running classes and workshops all weekend at Maker Faire, targeted towards youth and parents. Some of our Young Makers will be tinkering/making in the Shop-botted MakerSpace on loan to us from the good folks at Make. So come check us out, take a class, and see some of the cool projects our Young Makers are working on. You can find us in the B Section — right next to MakerBot Industries and Sparkfun.

All our classes are free. However, there is a $20 kit fee for the Freeduino Soldering Class if you wish to keep the board. Here are eventbrite links to descriptions and sign-ups for our Saturday (09/17/11) and Sunday (09/18/11) classes:
11:00AM – 12:00PM: MIT Scratch Programming Classs

12:30PM – 02:00PM: Freeduino Soldering

02:00PM – 4:00PM: Soldering Tutoring (Come get help soldering your kits)

04:00PM – 05:00PM: Knitting / Crocheting for Beginners


10:30AM – 12:00PM: Soldering Tutoring (Come get help soldering your kits)

12:00PM – 1:30PM: Paper Circuits Class

12:30PM – 02:00PM: Freeduino Soldering

3:00PM – 4:30PM Paper Circuits Class

4:30PM – 6:00PM: Soldering Tutoring (Come get help soldering your kits)

For young people under 8, we have the “Raingutter Regatta” activity – where they can make a simple sailboat out of foam and sail it on a raingutter!

On Sunday we’ll be continuing the above, but also teaching “paper circuits” with conductive ink, and teaching 3-D printing with the MakerBot.

Send us an email at if you have any questions! Also, you can follow us on twitter at: htinkevents

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Today, HTINK is proud to announce the launch of our new product,
BrainSeeker. BrainSeeker is a tool that allows people to express
interest in learning new topics and attending classes. It also gives
educators access to the tools they need to provide these classes, and
connects the students to the instructor.

We are launching BrainSeeker in five cities: Austin, Chicago, Detroit, New York and Seattle. Log on to
to enter your zip code and request classes in your area. We will
connect with local hackerspaces, community centers, schools, and other
education-friendly venues to find or create the classes you want.

For potential students, BrainSeeker is a way to request classes that you
would like and also think others may be interested in. Other seekers,
or potential students, will see the class title, and can express their
interest using BrainSeeker. Once the idea generates enough interested
students, action will be taken to create and offer the class.

For instuctors, BrainSeeker is a tool to see what students in your area
want to learn. Perhaps Seattle really wants classes on horology (the
study of clockwork), or maybe Detroit has a secret yearning for classes
in bioelectric systems. If you are an expert in a highly specialized
field and have always wanted to share your knowledge, BrainSeeker is the
tool to use to discover these opportunities.

For spaces and venues that hold classes, BrainSeeker can be a revenue
opportunity and a way to provide meaningful services for the community.
HTINK is always seeking viable spaces to host events, and classes that
attract a large number of participants can be an important part of
paying the rent. We appreciate the role spaces play in providing a place
for people to grow, and BrainSeeker is our way of offering support and

HTINK Cooperative Inc. is the recently completed merger of Stem2Gether
Cooperative Inc. and HTINK LLC. A cooperative social enterprise, HTINK’s
mission is to provide educational opportunities and support educators.
We provide event coordination, professional development for school
districts, and logistics for classes, workshops, and corporate events.

For more information, please email

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HTINK and Make:NYC Combined!

We are proud to announce that HTINK and Make:NYC have
finished our merger! The new HTINK has over 40 events under our belt, a
new logo, new website, combined email list with over 400 subscribers,
and a new focus on the future!

We have recently had two major
developments, first, we have provided 4 days of learning fun at the NY
Hall of Science working with children between the ages of 3 and 11, and
we have become the fiscal sponsor and organizer for the Open Hardware

Ryan and myself, Eric, are extremely excited to expand
HTINK ever further into new events and roles. We will be at Maker Faire 
near the end of September and our partnership with Boswyck Farms is
steadily evolving.

We would like to thank all the people who have
helped us get to this milestone, Alicia Gibb, Matt Joyce, Jevyn Nelms,
Dawn Hayes, Ryan Micallef, Mike Davis, Mike Lehman, Ben Combee, Lee
Mandell, Clif Eddens, and Liz Arum to name a few. Whether it was one
event or a whole series, we wouldn’t be here today without the support
of the awesome NYC hacker and maker communities.

Finally, our
vision. We picture HTINK as a company dedicated to helping people learn
and grow as individuals and in teams. We look forward to offering
packaged collateral and kit materials for classrooms at the lowest
possible cost, and corporate events that help teams learn to work
together to solve the kind of difficult multi disciplinary problems that
exist in modern enterprise.

-Eric and Ryan

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Open Hardware Summit 2010 – Sept. 23rd

We are so happy you will be joining us at the Open Hardware Summit on September 23rd at the New York Hall of Science. 
We have two types of tickets. Types are not enforced, so please exercise your judgment.

Reduced Summit Pass: ($25) For artists, students and non-profits
Summit Pass: ($40)

Open Hardware Summit is a non-profit event. Extra funds from
sponsorship will be put toward a scholarship for creating open hardware.

Thank you to HTINK, our fiscal sponsor for handling our ticketing finances.

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