SESSION 1: Opening Keynote: How To Steal Like An Artist: Creative Lessons for Your Makerspace
3:30-4:15 PM ET
In this exciting opening session of the Maker Workshop, writer, artist, and creative dynamo Austin Kleon will share his insights into the creative process, including the numerous tips and tricks he’s gleaned over over the years as a creator in a digital world. You’ll learn how his approach to leading a creative life transcends the art world as he shares lessons that can be applied to robust making – and living.
Austin is the the New York Times best-selling author of three illustrated books: Steal Like An Artist, Newspaper Blackout, and Show Your Work! His latest release is the interactive journal The Steal Like An Artist Journal: A Notebook For Creative Kleptomaniacs.
Austin Kleon, writer and artist; author of Steal Like An Artist
SESSION 2: Makers Helping Makers: Creating a Community of Makers Through Advocacy, Skill Sharing, and Problem-Solving
4:15-5:00 PM ET
In this insightful session, Executive Director of Nation of Makers, Dorothy Jones-Davis shares how Nation of Makers, a national nonprofit organization, works to support makers around the country through a vast network of resource-sharing, advocacy, and community-building. She’ll discuss ways to collaborate with your community and engage stakeholders to develop initiatives around making in your town or city. You’ll learn how to tap into the ecosystem of makers that surrounds you to create a truly vibrant makerspace.
Dorothy Jones-Davis, Executive Director, Nation of Makers
Create an initial sketch of big picture planning for your maker program based on what you know today.
WEEK 2: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
SESSION 1: Maker Space on a Shoestring
3:30-4:00 PM ET
What if you could build an entire makerspace— top to bottom—in a single day and with very little budget? It might sound impossible, but that’s just what Justin Aglio did at the Montour School District in McKees Rocks, PA. Working with just one teacher and one parent, Justin built a low-cost makerspace at his elementary school within a day. In this session, you’ll learn how Justin was able to make this maker dream into a reality. He’ll share what went into planning, organizing, and executing his makerspace on a shoestring—from recruiting help in his school to tapping into community resources and local businesses. This session will show you that it can be done and how you can get there, too.
Justin Aglio, Director of Academic Achievement and District Innovation & Visiting LearnLab Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
SESSION 2: Bicycle Culture at the Oakland Public Library
4:00-4:30 PM ET
Library makerspaces can address and solve community problems. Reginald Burnette Jr. and Anthony Propernick’s bike repair project is one nontraditional effort that has done just that. In 2014, Burnette and Propernick began running bike clinics at the Oakland Public Library to address the needs of community youth, who didn’t have access to bicycle repair shops. In this session, you’ll learn about this empowering program from ideation to funding, to execution, and learn how you might create a program to solve a problem in your own community.
Reginald “RB” Burnette Jr., Library Aide; President, the Original Scraper Bike Team, Oakland Public Library (CA)
Anthony Propernick, Senior Library Assistant; Manager, 81st Avenue Branch, Oakland Public Library (CA)
SESSION 3: Making and Early Learning: At the Intersection of Research and Practice
4:30-5:00 PM ET
In this thought-provoking session, Lisa Brahms, Director of Learning and Research at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, provides insight into why it’s vital to introduce making and exploring very early. Brahms is the project lead on the Museum’s MakeShop, which revolves around creating authentic creative opportunities for little ones. She’ll share how making enhances both critical thinking and problem-solving skills in youngsters, as well as practical ideas that engage even the smallest makers.
Lisa Brahms, Director of Learning & Research, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (PA)
Outline the process and approvals required to make your plan happen and conduct your first rapid program test.
WEEK 2 | Part 2: Thursday, October 12, 2017
SPECIAL MAKER EXPO SESSION
3:30-5:00 PM ET
This special session of the Maker Workshop will feature a mix of leading tech startups that focus on innovations in making, including:
Beau Trifiro, Founder, Open Source Skateboards
Jeremy Macdonald, Education Content + Training Manager, Sphero
Dani Hammernik, Education Marketing Manager, Sphero
Josh Stevens, Community Director, Pixel Press (Bloxels)
Jie Qi, Co-founder and Creative Director, Chibitronics
Colleen Graves, Teacher Librarian + Makey Makey Jedi, Makey Makey
Jason Innes, Manager of Training and Curriculum Development, KinderLab Robotics
Maker Workshop registrants will also be entered into a raffle to win giveaways from presenting companies, including:
Sphero SPRK+ ($129.99 value)
Chibitronics Starter Kit w/ Circuit Sticker Sketchbook ($30 value)
Bloxels Brainstorming Kits ($15.95 value)
Bloxels 200 Block Set ($15.95 value)
Open Source Skateboards Fingerboard Kits ($11 value)
*Winning participants will only be required to pay shipping and handling
WEEK 3 SPECIAL SESSION: Monday, October 16, 2017
SESSION 1: Special Keynote Session with Bill Nye
1:00-1:45 PM ET
Best-selling author Bill Nye, author of the new book Everything All at Once (Rodale Books), believes that “unleashing your inner nerd” is the key to changing yourself and the world around you. In this live Maker Workshop presentation, he’ll explore how, through a combination of deep examination, critical thinking, and creativity, we can solve the world’s problems. He’ll also share why now, more than ever, we need to unleash our radical curiosity. He’ll answer questions in a live audience Q&A after the inspiring special session.
Bill Nye, Author, Presenter, Engineer, Author of Everything All at Once (Rodale Books)
SESSION 2: Makerspace in a Box: Getting Started with littleBits – Sponsored Session
1:00-1:45 PM ET
littleBits makes technology kits that are fun, easy-to-use, and infinitely creative. The kits are composed of electronic building blocks that are color-coded, magnetic, and make complex technology simple and fun. Senior Product Lead, Dave Sharp, will share innovative ways to get started using littleBits in a classroom or school library. Live attendees will be have a chance to win one littleBits STEAM Student Set (Value: $299.95)
Dave Sharp, Senior Product Lead, littleBits
WEEK 3: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
SESSION 1: Partnering with Universities to Create Cutting EDGE Maker Projects
3:30-4:15 PM ET
Higher ed institutions can be untapped resources for public and school librarians. By focusing on emerging technology, you can build collaborative programming with local colleges and universities. This session will outline one such example, a partnership between the Studio Art, Museum, and Library departments at the University of Oklahoma. ArtEDGE provided public school students with experiential learning opportunities, involving art and cutting edge tech, including 3D scanning/printing and virtual reality. During this session, you will learn how to take advantage of institutional resources and networks, including how to establish a partnership with local colleges and universities and develop innovative programming, to teach 21st century skills.
Matt Cook, Emerging Technologies Coordinator, Fred Jones Jr., Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma (OK)
Melissa Ski, Director of Education, Fred Jones Jr., Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma (OK)
SESSION 2: Creating Low-Tech and No-Tech Makerspaces
4:15-5:00 PM ET
Want to create a dynamic makerspace but don’t have the budget to access cutting-edge technology? Here you’ll glean the ins-and-outs of growing a project from scratch, showing how you can do a lot with very little. Robert Pronovost, consultant for school makerspaces and former director of curriculum and instruction at an East Palo Alto district will show you how low-tech maker projects can foster creativity and discovery through authentic exploration and tinkering. He’ll share low-tech projects with a high learning return that will help get your makerspace off the ground right now.
Robert Pronovost, Educator, Makerspace Consultant, and Founder of EmpowerMINT, Redwood City (CA)
Build out your program plan by mapping out the details of what you’ll need to move forward and conduct your second rapid program test.
WEEK 4: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
SESSION 1: Turn Any Space Into a Maker Space – Sponsored Session
3:00-3:30 PM ET
Finding the space for a maker program may be a challenge. Learn how to transform your library’s interior space into a hands-on learning environment using field-tested techniques and resources.
Tiffany Nash, Principal, Product Architecture + Design, 3branch
Joseph Frueh, Vice President, 3branch
SESSION 2: Funding Your Maker Program: A Grassroots Approach
3:30-4:15 PM ET
Energized about your maker program ideas but baffled as to how you’ll fund them? Kristina Holzweiss, founder of SLIME (Students of Long Island Maker Expo), School Librarian of the Year (2015), and tenacious fundraiser will take you through the process of accessing small grants and using available tools to fund your project and supplement your budget, no matter how small. Holzweiss, who has raised $25,000 through individual donations via Donors Choose, and has stocked her library with a wealth of maker tools, will share how she’s managed to build an incredible, diverse program from modest grants from local companies, civic associations, and her community.
Kristina Holzweiss, School Library Media Specialist, Bayshore School District (NY), SLJ School Librarian of the Year (2015), Founder, SLIME (Students of Long Island Maker Expo)
SESSION 3: Community-Responsive Making: From Serving the Underserved to Engaging the Disengaged, Meeting User Need Through Your Makerspace
4:15-5:00 PM ET
During this final session of our Maker Workshop, Trixie Dantis, Teen Services Supervisor, and Kerry Devitt, Tween Librarian at Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Illinois, will share their deep insights into connecting with patrons to develop programming that is not only successful, but transformative. They’ll discuss the projects they’ve developed – from outreach services to engage underserved audiences, to a program designed to help fight youth obesity, to Summer Volunteer Squad, a summer learning initiative providing teens unique experiences from growing their own produce, coding, and more. Trixie and Kerry will take us through the many ways in which making in a library context can provide meaningful opportunities to connect, and also to change lives.
Trixie Dantis, Teen Services Supervisor, Arlington Heights Memorial Library (IL), Library Journal Mover & Shaker 2017
Kerry Devitt, Tween Librarian, Arlington Heights Memorial Library (IL)
Finalize and prepare to launch your maker program by filling in the gaps in your plans, incorporating your field test results, establishing your launch timeline and preparing your presentation for approval.