Holland Sentinel
February 28, 2016

“My children love building things. They cannot get enough of science experiments and hands-on learning activities. Over spring break the library will be partnering with Zipper Labs and Lakeshore Makers in several hands-on events where our children will exercise their skills and gain new knowledge in building, circuits, electricity, and soldering…

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AuthorPhilip Dirkse

Holland Sentinel
February 5, 2016

"Ask an educator about makerspaces and their eyes light up. The Maker Movement is a rising star in the world of education — but it’s not entirely a new concept. Teachers across the Holland area are dipping their feet into making — and they’re excited at what the movement holds for the future of learning….”

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AuthorPhilip Dirkse

Washington Times
January 22, 2016

"Re:Fuel, a student-designed and operated coffee shop at a Zeeland charter school, is now open for business. Students at iCademy Global in Zeeland have been creating a business plan for the shop for at least the past year.  Re:Fuel celebrated its grand opening Jan. 14 by brewing up cups…”

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AuthorPhilip Dirkse

Holland Sentinel
November 5, 2015

"Innocademy students, teachers and parents celebrated a new addition Thursday, Nov. 5, to the school’s growing outdoor space in the front of its building. Lobbezoo said the school wanted the playground to be different and innovative, and inviting to the community at large as well. The school asked for the community’s help in constructing the playground and greenhouse…”

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AuthorPhilip Dirkse

Grand Haven Tribune
July 22, 2015

"Throughout the week, young students were introduced to computer programming through a camp called Programming with Scratch. The camp uses the Lego Education WeDo curriculum that involves motors and sensors. Zipper Labs will host a second camp, called Design-Build: Flight, where participants will learn more about physics, drag and gravity…”

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AuthorPhilip Dirkse

Grand Haven Tribune
March 10, 2015

"About 20 students gathered in the school’s library for Zipper Labs, a six-week after-school program. Students spent several minutes this Monday afternoon to design aluminum towers in hopes of theirs measuring as the tallest. As one team stepped away from its 42-inch aluminum foil tower, second-grader Isaac Hann declared, ”It’s perfect.” “It’s almost as tall as me,” third-grader Landon Bennett said…”

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AuthorPhilip Dirkse

Grand Rapids Business Journal
August 18, 2014

"An online charter school is partnering with several organizations to teach “real-world skills” to students this fall. The electives are designed to expose students to a hands-on learning experience to develop new skills and real products during weekly four-hour courses. Zipper Labs, a makerspace studio in Zeeland, is developing the engineering and design course…”

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AuthorPhilip Dirkse