Maker VISTA Champions: Aaron Vanderwerff


As we share the work of Maker VISTA this month, we feel compelled to shine a light on the individuals who add value, perspective, and possibility to the program. We can’t talk about the impact of Maker VISTA members without talking about the people who support them, guide them, and offer opportunities for them to discover, achieve, and create. The word “champion” tends to get thrown around a lot, in both making and service circles. To us, these folks truly earn the term, as advocates for and defenders of transformative learning.

One such champion is Aaron Vanderwerff, the Creativity Lab Director at Lighthouse. He is passionate about furthering maker education and inquiry-based learning, not only at his own school, but throughout the Bay Area. He actively seeks out ways to create and share resources with fellow educators, modeling best practices and inspiring colleagues with approachable, engaging strategies for meaningful integration. Under his direction and influence, the Creativity Lab has become a hub for the East Bay maker community, not to mention a rich learning landscape for our Maker VISTA members.

Below are some of the great things that current and former VISTA members have to say about working with Aaron:

Keep up with Aaron via his twitter, and take a look below at some of his past tweets for inspiration.









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