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 1st, 2019, deadline May 15th, 2019
- Presenters Notified: June 3rd, 2019
- Early Bird registration: June 3rd, 2019
- Regular registration: August 1st, 2019
About the Museum Lab
The Museum Lab will be located in one of the most unique buildings in Pittsburgh, the former Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny. When it opened in 1890, this was the first library commissioned by industrialist Andrew Carnegie. (The building was closed and relocated to Federal Street. in the mid 2000s after a damaging lightning strike.) Our friends at the Children’s Museum are putting the finishing touches on Museum Lab right now—it opens on Saturday, April 27th.
At Museum Lab, you will be able to work on a large-scale mosaic, shape wood on a lathe, step into a virtual world and explore funky art installations. You can also get lost climbing, sliding and hanging out in a three-story artwork made with rope woven around the framework of the steel bookshelves of this former library (affectionately known as The Stacks.) They have an incredible list of partners that are joining them in the space. With the creation of Museum Lab, our amazing colleagues will have created the largest cultural campus for children in the country.