Established in 2016, the Mozilla Hive Dunedin has emerged as a dynamic force for learning and engagement in the Gig City. Hive Dunedin  is a open network of youth-serving organizations, educators, teachers, schools, museums, and cultural institutions across the city.

  • For youth, Hive Dunedin creates opportunities that enable learning through hands-on making and exploration with peers and mentors and that develop digital and web literacy skills for future success.
  • For educators, including youth-serving organizations, formal and informal educators, designers, makers, artists and technologists, Hive Dunedin offers the opportunity to inspire and be inspired through shared commitment and participation in building innovative and transformative educational experiences for youth.
  • For partners, technologists and tool-builders, Hive Dunedin is a distributed learning lab that provides opportunities to mentor young makers and inventors, playtest and provide feedback for new prototypes, and develop new approaches and tools with learning innovators.

Hive Dunedin is budding learning community comprised of organizations such as museums, libraries, code clubs, advocacy groups, higher education institutions, after school programs, and tech start-ups. Together, they create equitable and accessible opportunities for young people to explore their interests and gain skills that prepare them for success in the information age.

Guided by the design values of connected learning, Hive Dunedin programs: engage youth around their personal interests, peer culture and civic participation; focus on production-centered, hands-on making and skill building; harness digital media, technology and the web to broaden and diversify learning opportunities; offer meaningful and supportive interactions with peers and mentors; and link learning experiences with schools and communities.

The ongoing commitment and contributions of Hive Dunedin members enable the network to pursue its mission and impact the lives of young people. Educators and institutions are empowered to innovate around the ideas, practices, and tools associated with connected learning through funded collaborations, meet-ups, events and online/offline communities of practice. By modeling networked behavior and open participation, educators in Hive CHA learn with and from one another, organizing to build new approaches that transform the city’s learning ecology and aid youth in discovering their agency and pursuing their passions.


What is a Hive City?

Hives are comprised of organizations (libraries, museums, schools and non-profit startups) and individuals (educators, designers, community catalysts and makers). Together, they create opportunities for youth to learn within and beyond the confines of traditional classroom experiences, design innovative practices and tools that build the field for greater impact, and contribute to their own professional development within an active community of practice.


 What is Hive Dunedin?

In early 2016 a group of people got together with help from the Malcam Trust to create a Hive City in Dunedin. We ran a number of successful events in 2016 such as Makerparties and  workshops and now are set to become an official Hive city, like Toronto, Chicago, New York, and Chattanooga.    Digital making means events like code clubs and hackdays, where young people come together to learn and play – making apps, websites, robots, electronic circuits etc. They are mentored by friendly people who have tech skills they want to pass on.

Why? Digital making can be really good fun, creative and fulfilling. It can also be an excellent way to learn how people in digital jobs actually work and learn.We help each other set up events and activities, train each other in digital or youth work skills and come together to discuss how it’s going, what’s working and how to do things better.

Spheros - Spherical robots!

Spheros – Spherical robots!

What is Hive MINDS?

Hive Minds is a physical makerspace created when we ‘adopted’ The Gasworks.nz and gave them a new home.We are calling the space Hive MINDS as its going to open minds to lots of fun digital technology. The Hive MINDS space works through community and collaboration – we provide training, police vetting and guidance for adults, university students, trainee teachers, and young people to come together and learn a variety of things in a supported collaborative environment.

Where are we and how do you get involved?

If you want to use our space to learn, bring a school group to learn, join a class, or volunteer some of your time or skills to teach or help out then her in touch!

You can  get in touch there if you’d like to get involved, or send us an email at hivedunedin@gmail.com with any other questions!

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