Generations of young people will have to invent their jobs and be able to gather the necessary knowledge and tools. Where do students get to experience? Here are some possible places.
The '4th Floor" studio model (http://chattlibrary.org/4th-floor) in Chattanooga, TN, is a funded hackerspace, makerspace, event space, and civic laboratory where creativity and curiosity serve as the catalyst to launch students. Changing the roles of libraries in the face of constantly-accelerating technology and providing widespread access to digital literacy benefits communities and our students can combine digital literacy with making to invent careers.
Stephania Druga at Hackidemia (http:www.hackidemia.com) is trying to channel the makers communities toward the creation of networked local hubs that will provide access to the latest technologies and tools. People from the youngest of ages can Kickstart their project using the resources of these hubs. The hubs provide design workshops and kits that help students use curiosity, empathy and play to invent the future. Chapters are now in China, Poland and Romania,
Library Farm (www.nopl.org) an upstate New York library, plows the land and offers farming so students may learn about the science and social systems around food. Anyone can check out a plot of land. They can grow, share and learn about food literacy, organic and sustainable gardening.
There are people in all of our communities finding effective ways to hack learning and build new platforms to expand and develop students curiosity so they can someday create their own job!