[KwartzLab] why you should teach a workshop at Kwartzlab
doug at moens.org
Sun Jun 17 10:25:22 EDT 2012
We want to run a regular schedule of workshops at Kwartzlab.
Site3 does this. Most workshops are run by members. Participants pay
money to attend workshops, and the money is split between the
instructor and site3. Site3 membership costs $100 per month, but a
number of people pay for their memberships by running workshops.
Although it's work to develop a good workshop, once that's done, you
can just run the same workshop repeatedly.
So who wants a free Kwartzlab membership? Here's how it could work.
Suppose you charge $20 per person for your workshop. If you get 10
participants, then you net $100 (Kwartzlab gets the other half).
That's roughly 2 months of membership dues, so you run your workshop
once every 2 months, and your net profit pays for your membership.
Instructors do not need to be members, that's why I'm posting to
Discuss. Also, please pass this on to potential instructors.
Suppose that your workshop requires equipment that Kwartzlab doesn't
have. There is grant funding available for that. Currently, Google is
trying to give us money for running workshops that teach high tech
engineering skills, targeted at specific groups, like students and
women. Examples (that are eligible for a grant) include: an
electronics soldering workshop, an arduino workshop, a 3D printing
workshop, building a robot. We can't accept the money because we don't
have any instructors.
Google grant money can pay for:
- capital to buy equipment for a series of workshops. Eg, 10 soldering
workstations, or 10 printrbot 3D printers (these are cheap enough to
be covered by a diversity grant).
- materials, eg electronics kits, arduinos, ABS plastic for 3D printers
- money to pay for instructors
We can also pursue grants for this purpose from Trillium, CEEO, etc.
Grants are easier to get if we are partnering with another community
group, who provides a group of participants for your workshop.
Yesterday, I got email from Renjie Butalid, who is running the
TEDxYouth event in March, and is interested in partnering with
Kwartzlab. I'm also going to investigate a partnership with Ladies
Learning Code. They are running a 3D printing workshop in Toronto,
which I'd like to duplicate here. And we can partner with public
If your workshop is sponsored by Google, then Google can optionally
provide participants. Google runs regular sessions for school groups,
women, etc, to persuade these groups to consider a career in high tech
engineering. They get a tour of the Google Waterloo office, they sit
through some presentations and demos, and potentially, they go to
Kwartzlab to attend your workshop.
In summary, please consider teaching a workshop at Kwartzlab.
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