Week 1: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Session 1: Making for All Audiences
2:00-2:40 PM ET (Additional speakers at 3:40 PM ET)
In the opening session of the Maker Workshop, we explore how you can create an inclusive maker program that welcomes all members of your community. Speakers will share their tried-and-tested approaches to planning and delivering activities intended to serve all, from rural communities and learners of color to cross-generational audiences.
Session A: Fostering “Invention Literacy”
Hands-on projects engage students, but they need to lead the learning. In this session, star maker educator Colleen Graves demonstrates how to facilitate student agency in her work serving a low-income, rural school community, with ideas for high and low-tech activities.
Colleen Graves, Maker and Teacher Librarian, CC Mason Elementary (TX)
Session B: A Model for Maker-Based Learning: Lessons from the Wonder Workshop
A maker-infused curriculum might seem like a fantasy, but it’s working in one Oakland, CA, school. Learn the steps of creating a sustainable maker program that has a diverse population, including special education students, fully engaged, with teachers and families enthusiastically on board, too.
Paula Mitchell, Teacher on Special Assignment Maker Education, Grass Valley Elementary School (CA)
Session 2: Growing Communities: Garden Towers at the Library
2:40-3:00 PM ET
In their quest to develop programming that would appeal to all ages and immediately engage interest, Gwinnett Public Library launched Homegrown Gwinnett, a Tower Garden project, which did more than create a sustainable STEM programming tool. Learn how the library’s IMLS-funded project grew into a civic engagement element that addressed food insecurity in the surrounding community and strengthened the library’s connection to its neighbors. You’ll come away with practical insight you can apply to building a community oriented program of your own.
Meg Wilson, Branch Manager, Gwinnett County Public Library (GA)
3:00-3:15 PM ET
Session 3: Engaging Teens in Tech
3:15-3:40 PM ET
A library makerspace can enable teens to experiment, collaborate, and tinker with technology outside of school. With insight from the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Hennepin County (MN) Library, learn how to create an inclusive teen-oriented space to help young people pursue their interests and build technology skills toward careers, from filmmaking and music and audio production, to video game and mobile app development. Empowering teens to lead program development is the secret sauce. In this session, learn how adults can serve as facilitators and, together with community volunteers, mentor teens to help grow their passions.
Anna Schwindt DeGroot, Service Manager, Hennepin County Library (MN)
Amelia Hansa, Tech Center Coordinator, Hennepin County Library (MN)
Session 4: Making for All Audiences, continued
3:40-4:00 PM ET (Additional speakers at 2 PM ET)
In this session of the Maker Workshop, we explore how you can create an inclusive maker program that welcomes all members of your community. Speakers will share their tried-and-tested approaches to planning and delivering activities intended to serve all, from rural communities and learners of color to cross-generational audiences.
Session C: Bringing STEM to Underserved Communities
Exposure to science and technology is critical for our users. With so many lacking access due to geographic location and income, you need to bring STEM to them. Glean strategies for integrating STEM and the arts with the curriculum in and out of school and learn a model for successful teacher collaboration. Youth development through mentorship will also be covered.
Jerry Valadez, President, Community Science Workshop Network (CA)
Intersession – Maker Expo: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
This program includes a special Maker Expo featuring demos from leading tech startups that focus on innovations in making, from crafting to coding!
Makerspace in a Box: Getting Started with littleBits – Sponsored Session
11:00-11:30 AM 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. Dr. Azi Jamalian, Head of Education Strategy at littlebits, 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).
Azi Jamalian, Head of Education Strategy at littleBits
11:30 AM-1:00 PM ET
This special session of the Maker Workshop will feature a mix of leading tech startups that focus on innovations in making, plus giveaways of their exciting products!
Featuring Product Demos from:
Tom Heck, VP for Education Initiatives, Makey Makey
Bryan L. Miller, Director of Strategic Education Outreach, Wonder Workshop
Jie Qi, Cofounder and Creative Director, Chibitronics
Phillip Torrone, Creative Director, Adafruit
Week 2: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Session 1: How to Do a Needs Assessment
2:00-2:20 PM ET
Serving your community is critical to a successful maker effort. Get the ins and outs of conducting a community assessment in this session, with tips on related tools and resources, and how to find and work with local partners.
Linda Braun, Educational Consultant, LEO: Librarians & Educators Online
Session 2: Launch a Sustainable Maker Program from Scratch
2:20-3:00 PM ET
The maker movement has matured, with successful models that can inform us with data and best practices. From launching basics to tips on crowdfunding, this session will offer unique insight from Making Spaces, a national network of educational maker programs.
Lisa Brahms, Director of Learning and Research, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
3:00-3:15 PM ET
Session 3: The Ugly Side of Making, with a Side of Crochet
3:15-3:45 PM ET
Craft projects don’t always come out pretty—and that’s OK. Shift the DIY mindset from visions of Etsy and embrace the imperfect, in this fun and inspiring take on creativity from the camp counselor for grownups, Kim Werker. And keep that crochet needle handy.
Kim Werker, Author, Make it Mighty Ugly; Camp Counselor for Grown-Ups
Session 4: Community Practice: Black Panther, Digital Fabrication, and the SCOPES-DF Project
3:45-4:00 PM ET
In this exciting session with Sonya Pryor-Jones, you’ll hear about the Black Panther Collection, the latest effort from the Fab Foundation to build pathways to STEM education and democratize access to technology. Pryor-Jones will also share the work of the SCOPES-DF project, a robust initiative offering resources for K-12.
Sonya Pryor-Jones, Chief Implementation Officer, The Fab Foundation