All photographs by Keyana Stevens and Aaron Vanderwerff, Maker Ed
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The 5th Annual Maker Educator Convening was held on October 12-13, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, MuseumLab, and nearby venues. This was the first year that Maker Ed hosted the event outside of the Bay Area, and we were delighted to welcome new and familiar faces to the community.
With 117 presenters leading 61 sessions, including workshops, keynotes, presentations, ignite talks, and a phenomenal finale at the PLAYnary, the 2-day convening was our strongest yet, supporting important conversations and collaborations on our themes of equity, accessibility, and equity.
We welcomed 241 attendees from 31 states and 3 countries. Approximately 39% of our survey respondents work in a school or school district, and all others represented a mix of institutions, including museums, libraries, universities, non-profits, etc. Most engage with learners in the K-12 age range.
A slight majority of our attendees (53%) are veteran educators (people with more than 10 years of experience as an educator), while about 40% of our attendees report that they are in their first decade of teaching. We’re glad to see that the Convening reaches new and growing teachers as well as seasoned practitioners and researchers, all of whom are actively engaged in maker education.
Our Convening post-survey results have been both affirming and revealing. 100% of respondents say that the Convening provoked their thinking, and their comments were insightful:
A whopping 97% of respondents would recommend the Convening to a colleague, and 84% would return the following year, with many noting that the Convening location would be the only detractor if far away. We continue to be invigorated by the community we serve, and the Convening reinforces that. Two additional comments from survey respondents echo our own sentiments and appreciations of the event:
During the event, we asked attendees to share their observations and learnings on social media using the hashtag #MakerEdConvening. Here are some participant highlights:
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