A 29-year veteran of Philly public schools wants to build a makerspace in East Falls - Technical.ly Philly


Jan. 2, 2018 7:31 am

A 29-year veteran of Philly public schools wants to build a makerspace in East Falls

A 3D printer will help introduce children to problem solving and creativity, says Emily Adeshigbin, a digital literacy educator at Thomas Mifflin School. She launched a GoFundMe to make it happen.

Kids living the tech life at Mifflin.

(Courtesy photo)

After 29 years teaching in Philly public schools, Emily Adeshigbin landed this year at the Thomas Mifflin School thinking about the future.

The digital literacy educator at the East Falls school teaches computer science to students K–8. Her first thought on the new job? Replicating her experience at C.W. Henry School in Mount Airy: raise some money and warm kids up to tech by tinkering with a 3D printer.

“About two years ago, one of the neighbors said he had a 3D printer at home and he wanted to come and share with the kids,” said Adeshigbin.

(That neighbor was Jan Deruiter, executive director of Philadelphia Children’s Foundation, a nonprofit that installs internet-ready computers in classrooms.)

A fundraising campaign led to that school getting a new machine and incorporating it into the classroom. Now, Adeshigbin is looking to get the same vibe happening at Mifflin through a GoFundMe campaign. First up: one printer to establish the makerspace, and then adding printers to each classroom as funding allows.


“It develops the curiosity they already have: how it works and how to solve problems with it,” said Adeshigbin. “It’s another way of thinking about things.”

In the long run, the educator said the aim of the makerspace is to encourage the 300 kids at Mifflin to become creators.

Daniel and Lynsey Larson, whose daughter attends second grade at Mifflin, were the first to back the campaign. Daniel, a data scientist and podcaster, said a makerspace at the school creates an opportunity for students to gather, experiment, explore and tinker.

“Regular expertly guided exposure to these tools and technology is simply not something we can provide at home,” said Daniel Larson. “We can’t wait to hear about all of the exciting adventures sure to happen in the Mifflin Makerspace.”

Already a member? Sign in here


Here’s a roadmap for increasing access to computer science

These Temple alumni are tackling IT security breaches in their new careers

Tech training, investing and 4 more ways women can upend the wage gap



Join the team at Odessa working to shake up the global leasing industry

Philadelphia, PA - Center City


Director, People Operations

Apply Now
Center City


Product Manager – Sales Tools

Apply Now
Center City


Inside Sales Specialist

Apply Now

Here’s why Minecraft matters for Philly public schools

How the Eagles Super Bowl win helped Philly FUNDamentals raise $413K for public schools

Interim dean at Temple’s Fox School to get pop quiz on crisis management



How this Vistar Media software engineer succeeds on an ‘inclusive team’

Philadelphia, PA


Frontend Engineer

Apply Now
Blue Bell, PA

Pinnacle 21

Senior Software Engineer

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA


Product Marketing Manager

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!