Documenting our Open Portfolios Workshop in Pittsburgh

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Thinking about spending a few inspiring fall days in Pittsburgh? We did! Along with approximately 60 other educators, administrators, practitioners, and even a few researchers—from K-12 and higher education, we offered a second Open Portfolios workshop last week on Nov 15–16, 2016 in the grand city of Pittsburgh. The sun was shining, and we gathered together […]

Exploring the Intersections of Making and Citizen Science

By Trey Lathe, Maker Ed’s Executive Director On October 27th, I had the privilege of attending the Citizen-Science Maker Summit hosted at Arizona State University and organized by the School for Future Innovation at ASU, and SciStarter. The summit was designed to explore the crossroads of citizen science and the maker movement, and I was […]

Release of “A Practical Guide to Open Portfolios”!

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Coming off the heels of a successful Open Portfolio Workshop in Pittsburgh last week, we are thrilled to announce the official release of “A Practical Guide to Open Portfolios“! A guide that’s been 10 months in the making, drawing inspiration and concrete insights from educators and researchers in K-12 and higher ed alike, the guide distills some […]

Our Letter in Support of the Nation of Makers

This week, Maker Ed is thrilled to announce our support for the newly launched Nation of Makers organization. The Nation of Makers initiative was started in 2014 by President Obama, and works to increase “opportunities for students to learn about STEM through making, expand the resources available for maker entrepreneurs, and foster the development of advanced manufacturing […]

Maker Moments: November 2016

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Making MAKING Happen Through Maker VISTA  Our Maker VISTA program focuses on overcoming poverty through maker education. Maker VISTA members serve at partner sites around the country to impact organizations and the wider community through partnership development, volunteer recruitment, community building, resource creation, educator training, and much more. Bethune Middle School At Bethune Middle School in […]

We are all Winners of the CTE Makeover Challenge: Free Makerspace and Career and Technical Education Resources for Everyone

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By Steve Davee Maker Ed is honored to have been a part of the recent CTE Makeover Challenge provided by the US Department of Education and administered by Luminary Labs. The Challenge’s stated purpose was to call “on high schools to design makerspaces that strengthen next-generation career and technical skills.” By the numbers: 640+ Challenge […]

Maker Ed Announces Launch of New “Professional Development” Category in Online Resource Library

PRESS RELEASE Maker Ed Announces Launch of New “Professional Development” Category in Online Resource Library This offering of free resources, both curated and original, aims to fill the growing needs of maker educators seeking opportunities for further professional enrichment. Oakland, CA, October 31, 2016 Maker Ed’s online Resource Library, originally launched in 2014, serves as […]

Making Spaces Program Now Accepting School Applications to Partner with Maker Ed

We are seeking school partners for our newest program Making Spaces! Maker Ed is one of 10 Making Spaces Hubs and we are accepting applications to join our network of 5-10 schools working to expand or integrate making in their school communities. We will partner with schools to create crowdfunding campaigns as well as provide professional development to support your making efforts […]

Facing the STEM Monster at Fablearn 2016

On October 14th-16th, Stanford held the 6th annual FabLearn conference on creativity and making in education. The FabLearn Conference, as their website describes, “aims to bring together award-winning academics and educators, learning sciences researchers, and policy-advisors to build a community interested in putting curiosity, innovation, and hands-on problem solving back into today’s schools.” FabLearn also […]