Casa Thomas Jefferson is a non profitable Binational Center (BNC), founded in 1963 to teach the english language and promote the American culture in Brazil. It was selected among several other institutions to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of State in 2014 to pilot an education initiative aimed at mastering critical multiple literacies that youth need to succeed in life. By embracing the notion that information is everywhere, and therefore, learning opportunities are everywhere, CTJ, in close coordination with the U.S. Embassy, is working on a new educational approach. The idea is to create a maker culture in the institution as a whole and share our learning path with the Brazilian BNCs network, and other educators in our community. Besides English, students should understand also the concepts of entrepreneurship, leadership, digital literacy (21st Century skills). With the main goal of offering a different way of learning what is seen in theory, putting into practice what is in the world of ideas and encouraging everyone to explore new technologies, Thomas Maker, located at our Asa Norte Branch in Brasília (DF) makes its space available to the community of doers and offers workshops and courses organized by the CTJ team and partners. Opened in August 2016, the project offers a broad, vibrant and inclusive learning environment. It is a space designed to stimulate collaboration, systemic thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship in its community.
This is the general thread for discussing the lab; the thread is also visible on its page at https://www.fablabs.io/labs/thomasmaker