At TechHive, youth work alongside designers and educators to develop public experiences that promote science and technology education. Our design work includes exhibits, workshops, games, teaching guides and media. These experiences have touched thousands of members of the public since 2013.

Best of all, by bringing high school and undergraduate students onto our design team, and having them work alongside professional scientists, engineers, designers and educators we get an opportunity to train a new generation of creative minds. We believe the combination of real world problems, hands-on work, and a community that is diverse in ideas, backgrounds and experiences forms the best environment for youth who want to develop their passion and skills. It also gives our staff an opportunity to co-develop new educational materials with the input of the youth who will ultimately use them. Hear more about the program in this short video:

By partnering with TechHive for this project, our students got the opportunity to see what a young mind is really capable of. It was great to see how the students applied what they learned in science in a practical and fun way. With the direction of AJ and Matt and the students from the Lawrence Hall of Science, we were able to provide an educational and fun interactive experience... Everyone had the chance to express their creativity, interact with their community and have a great time learning.
— Kevin Goines, Assistant Principal, Albany High

We are part of a growing movement of learning spaces where young people work on interest-driven projects, alongside professionals and adult mentors. Depending on who you talk to, the TechHive might be known as a YOUmedia Learning Lab, a Maker Space, a hacker space, a Fab Lab, or another name. The TechHive gives young innovators a place to think, dream, play, and build things in a community of learners.

Staff

ARIEL ORTIZ

TechHive Manager

Ariel works on developing content for all TechHive related projects while facilitating and managing the program overall. She has also developed and delivered curriculum for a variety of camps and workshops at the Lawrence Hall of Science over the last several years, including classes in Robotics, LEGO Engineering, Coding & Design, and Animation. She is trained in 3D modeling, programming, game design, multimedia, and VR/AR technologies, where she uses her expertise to develop interactive projects and support their implementation by TechHive junior interns, senior interns, and volunteers. She is currently working towards her degree in Cognitive Science with an emphasis on Artificial Intelligence and a minor in Japanese. Ariel believes strongly in community driven innovation through accessibility to technology. 

 

Dora Medrano Ramos

TechHive Coordinator

Dora coordinates the adult and teen volunteer program for TechHive while also co-developing curriculum and facilitating on a day to day basis. She has also worked on developing curriculum for winter camps, summer camps, and workshops at the Lawrence Hall of Science involving engineering, electronics, circuitry, chemistry, math, and art. She is receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Quantum Mechanics from UC Berkeley. She also minored in Science & Math Education while concurrently receiving her mathematics teaching credential. Dora believes in bringing agency, identity, and equity to both students and educators through curriculum and professional development while designing educational technology that can be accessible in any classroom. 

 

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The William Knox Holt Foundation

 

Projects are at the heart of TechHive. Some take only a few days, other weeks or even months to complete. Our work includes museum exhibits, workshops, public programs, media and curriculum. All of these projects are co-developed by our interdisciplinary team of professional designers and student interns.