Make: Education Forum Shares Best Practices For Making in K-12 Schools
September 24 & 25 2021
Schedule and Event Registration: Here
Are you a K-12 educator who would like to learn more about implementing maker education at your school? Are you planning and budgeting for a school makerspace? Would you like to meet other educators who have been doing this work at a variety of levels? Are you looking for ideas and inspiration to improve the student experience of making and learning in your school makerspace and connect your students to the broader community?
We invite you to join other maker educators for the Make: Education Forum, to be held online Friday and Saturday, September 24th and 25th. It’s a program for educators by maker educators. No celebrities, no product pitches, no astronauts, no politicians. Just practitioners sharing what they have learned in creating maker spaces and maker programs in schools and how making provides hands-on experiential learning for students.
“Maker educators understand the importance of sharing,” said Godwyn Morris of SkillMill NYC, a co-organizer with Make: of the program. She adds:
“From ideas, tips and tricks, best practices and what doesn’t work, communicating with others is the way we all improve. Throughout my years working with educators about incorporating making and hands-on learning in their classrooms, the question I hear most often is ‘how do I implement this in my school?’ I have found that the best way to answer this question is to showcase successes, provide examples and encourage people to learn from each other. I saw the growing need and wanted to create an opportunity to bring educators together to discuss maker education. As the center of the maker movement, MAKE is the perfect organization to host that conversation. We teamed up and that is how the Make: Education Forum came to be.”
The Make: Education Forum was produced previously on the Friday before World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science. We realized that the best way to support and encourage maker education was to share the experiences and best practices of the maker educators who have created programs and makerspaces in K12 schools. While many of us continue to wish for an in-person gathering, we just felt it was time to do something to support making in schools, as most teachers are returning to the classroom. We decided to do the event virtually using Zoom. Our program consists of interactive sessions from educators around the country and from countries such as Canada, UK and Australia, and there’s even some time for talking and sharing in the virtual hallways.
Our goal is to bring the experience of hands-on maker education to more students and schools. We believe in the power of encouraging students to do projects based on their interests, ideas and interactions with their own community. If you give access to the tools and materials needed to turn ideas into prototypes AND you establish a creative process for collaboratively designing, making and sharing, then you have given students an opportunity show what they are able to do together. They are able to have real-world impact.
If you believe that maker education has the potential to transform our educational system and create positive experiences for student learners, we hope you will join us and our team of “champion” maker educators.
- Karen Blumberg has been teaching and making in schools since 1996. She is thrilled to be the Innovation and Technology Coordinator at The Brearley School in New York City. Karen will talk about her experiences as a maker educator before, during and after COVID.
- Andrew Sliwinski of LEGO Education will discuss his current charter – to help LEGO Education transform from a toy company to an organization focused on learning. We’ll discuss how this is an opportunity to understand how play can make learning more visible, more impactful, and more motivating. Andrew co-founded DIY.org and then went to work as co-director of Scratch at MIT with Mitch Resnick for six years before moving last year to Denmark to join LEGO.
- Emily Burk is a Maker Integration Technology Specialist in a 3,744 square foot public high school makerspace in the North Texas area. Her colleague is Ted Mackey, Director of CTE in the Anna Integrated School District and the school makerspace serves both CTE and STEM students. They will share their experience of connecting a school makerspace to the community outside of school, providing new sources of support as well as creating opportunities for student internships.
- Lauren Siegel of Math Happens will share some of the “making” that mathematics educators are doing now, using digital fabrication to build models, exhibits and displays. Founded in the fall of 2014 by Philip and Lauren Siegel, MathHappens has been exploring ideas, options, strategies and partnerships to bring math into the community conversation in Texas, New York and California.
- Educator Chuck Stoffle will explore how makerspaces can be a highly effective tool to deliver curriculum while engaging students in a variety of daily and long-term challenges and projects. He will look at how Hawks Makerspace has integrated its program with classrooms so that teachers can expand on each project within their own learning environment.
- Educator and award-winning designer Kylie Burrett will provide strategies and tips for educators to promote the development of spatial reasoning skills in their maker and STEAM programs. Her mission is to ensure students have access to resources that help develop design skills for success in making and STEAM related careers.
- Brian Cohen, Executive Director of the BEAM Center in NY, and staff will talk about bringing fabrication resources to a wide range of communities and public high schools in New York City.
Here you will find a complete list of speakers and the program schedule.
The two full days of live sessions will be recorded and made available immediately after the event to registered attendees. We will have a collection of recorded interviews with maker educators also available for viewing by registered users at any time.
Please join us and the growing community of maker educators who share their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for making.
Schedule and Event Registration: Here