Ariam's ARCADE

Many Abilities//Many Paths//Many Communities

I visited Lamu after a fun week of Nairobi Play PD in Kakuma, and while taking a walk on the beach I stumbled upon two children with a bicycle. One of them was half-seated on it, and the other one was demonstrating or modeling how to ride it. It wasn’t anything I hadn’t seen or experienced before, but it …

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A few weeks ago I attended the Scratch Benefit and it was wonderful to see the genuine love and support for the Scratch community. Mitch’s opening presentation powerfully illustrated it’s reach. With 200 million Scratchers globally it has the user base of the 6th biggest country in the world. For a learning technology that’s pretty remarkable …

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In the fall of 2016, I had a chance to speak with 21Toys about the critical intersection of STEM/STEAM and real-world problem-solving. So glad this conversation is up on their community page! It’s encouraging to see how this recent article in The Atlantic further supports this discussion by highlighting interdisciplinary programs which are a “hybrid of liberal-arts and …

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Reposted from a guest blog post for Makey Makey. In 2015, images of three year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi, washed up on the beaches of Bodrum, Turkey stirred an international outcry and galvanized communities across the world to advocate for the rights of refugees and migrants. Only a year later, protests have been held in …

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In a few weeks I’ll be launching the Nairobi Play Project, a creative computing program implemented in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, which equips urban refugee youth and Kenyan youth in Nairobi with technical skills (STEAM), 21st century skills and a peace-building model to support the local integration of urban refugee youth …

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A few weeks ago, Ryan and I had the opportunity to attend and run a workshop at the Scratch conference at the MIT Media Lab in Boston…it was awesome. Educators from across the world participated to deliver workshops, give ignite talks and engage in a massive knowledge exchange about one of the most powerful platforms …

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Reposted from Tammin Sursok’s blog “Bottle and Heels.” If you’ve recently watched television past 10:30pm on a Saturday night, then you’ve probably had to endure a two-minute infomercial of “Who’s the Boss” star Alyssa Milano, pleading for donations. The infomercial, littered with images of frail children from across the Global South in tattered dusty clothing, …

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