Every year, we are excited to gather with many of our dearest friends and colleagues at our annual Convening for maker educators.
Last year, 270 people from 7 countries and 23 states attended the Convening at the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA, and we had an incredible two days of sharing, collaboration, and delicious food. Members of the maker education community led 35 sessions that covered topics such as assessment, STEM, design thinking, curriculum integration, equity, and the pedagogy and practice of our work. (Read more about the 2018 Maker Ed Convening here.)
From our survey and conversations with partners and community members after last year’s event, many people cited travel time and cost as barriers to attending the Convening, which we have typically held in our home state of California. So, this year, we’re taking the Convening on the road! Our partners at the Children’s Museum in Pittsburgh have graciously offered to co-host the 2019 Convening, and we hope to see many more of our friends from the East Coast and Midwest there!
We are so excited to continue our exploration of the themes of equity, accessibility, and sustainability in maker education.
100% of survey responses said the convening provoked thinking. Highlights include:
I walked away with so many ideas and just feeling reenergized to do good work. It is easy to get burnt out in our field, and sometimes you need something like this to relight the fire and passion.”
I always get something new when I come to gatherings like this. I was reminded to look at my own biases before doing empathy or design work for another. It made me think of how I might try & incorporate this into work I do with teachers.”
There are so many ways to create, make, explore curiosity that the possibilities are endless. Also, great questions were asked about who has access and what should be labeled as “making”.”
- Request for proposals: Opens April 2nd, 2019, deadline May 15th, 2019
- Presenters Notified: June 3rd, 2019
- Early Bird registration: June 17th, 2019
- Regular registration: August 1st, 2019
About the Museum Lab
Museum Lab is a new museum for older kids created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in the former Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny next door (opening April 27, 2019). Kids 10+ can have cutting-edge experiences in art, tech and learning, perfect for their inquiring minds and increasing skills. Visitors may work on a large-scale mosaic, shape wood on a lathe, step into a virtual world, and explore funky art installations. Or get lost climbing, sliding and hanging out in a three-story artwork created out of woven rope by artist Manca Ahlin in the framework of the former library’s steel bookshelves. An incredible list of partners are involved in Museum Lab. This neighborhood, with Museum Lab, the Children’s Museum, Buhl Community Park and associated partners, is now the largest cultural campus for children in the country.