Kate Murray’s Makerspace Road Trip Highlights an International Community of Maker Educators

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About the author: In 2016, Kate Murray stepped away from her position as lead maker educator at Space 8, an educational makerspace designed for 8- to 12-year-olds, to embark on a motorcycle journey from Alaska to Antartica. Maker Ed has been keeping up with Kate throughout her trip as she connects with maker educators and makerspaces around the world, […]

Reflecting on Our Values

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Dear Maker Ed Community, 2016 has been quite a year of change for Maker Ed and for the larger national and international community in which we reside. For Maker Ed, it has been a year of growth as an organization. We undertook a rewarding year revisiting our strategic plan and refining our Theory of Change, […]

Building a Maker and Design Culture Within Schools

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About the Author: Glenn Robbins is the proud superintendent of the Tabernacle Township School District, in Tabernacle, New Jersey. He is a NASSP Digital Principal of the Year, and SETDA Student Voice Award Winner. His passion is harnessing a school culture that thrives on design thinking skills, innovative digital spaces, BYOD/1to1, and Makerspaces. Here’s to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Maker Ed Organizes Education Forum and Education Stage at World Maker Faire, Announces Launch of Professional Development Course Offerings and New Research Findings on the Needs of Maker Educators

PRESS RELEASE Maker Ed Organizes Education Forum and Education Stage at World Maker Faire, Announces Launch of Professional Development Course Offerings and New Research Findings on the Needs of Maker Educators New research findings indicate that there may be a trend towards incorporating making in K-12 settings. NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2016 The Maker Education […]

Growing Up Making – Kennan Scott

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Welcome to Maker Ed’s “Growing up Making” community blog series that highlights how maker educators have been influenced by family and their community. By sharing stories of what inspires maker educators, we’re excited to showcase the impactful and multigenerational human history of making. This post was written by Kennan Scott, a former civil engineer, and current 7th […]