Cases for Makerspaces


Explore how Maker Ed's vision of "Every Child a Maker" extends to providing more opportunities for youth in a surprising variety of makerspaces. All children, who are all born makers, deserve and need time and places to play, learn, and make. We will discuss ways of starting, share a a large variety of examples and makerspace types, from the traditional to non-traditional. Together, let's make the case for making space.

Making Education: Finding New Ways to Educate and Excite across All Diciplines


The maker classroom should not be limited to STEM (or STEAM), rather it should embrace all disciplines in an attempt to produce a cross-curricular culture of investigation, imagination and creation. It is an idea, a philosophy, and a change to the current state of our education system. Through this newfound interest how the world around us works, students are excited to learn, regardless of the course. Come and find out ways you can bring the excitement of making into your classroom!

Why Education Needs the Maker Movement (and What You Can Do About It)


Making is completely transforming the way kids learn. It is engaging kids in new levels and offering exciting new models to educators. In this presentation from the Director of Programming and Innovation at Edutopia, we'll see some inspiring stories from the front lines of innovation -- how kids of all backgrounds are taking ownership over their learning, deepening their inquiry, and spreading their passion for making to others. We'll also learn some specific take-away tips for how to effectively initiate a maker program in your local school or community. n

Open Portfolios: A Hands-On Discussion


Inspiring others to remix the projects you made by sharing online portfolios has become a large part of making. What do you need to consider when creating portfolio practices that work? In this hands-on presentation, we play with DIY documentation stations and discuss open maker portfolios. Learn about the Maker Ed Open Portfolio Project and about what we learned from the amazing community of makers around their practices!n

Makers @ MIT: Admitting & Empowering Technically Creative Students


At Maker Faire Bay Area 2013, MIT Admissions' Dawn Wendell announced that it would accept ''Maker Portfolios'' as a component of its application process. For the first time, projects would be considered along side test scores. MIT Admissions' Chris Peterson will share MIT's findings from its first year of this revised admissions criteria, as well as the elements of the Institute which empower makers once they arrive on campus.

Aspire IT–Introducing Middle School Girls to STEM One Step At a Time


Aspire IT is a program I have founded in my high school through funding by NCWIT to provide local community's middle school girls an opportunity to be involved in the STEM field, particularly in computing or technology. Since less than 12% of Computer Science bachelor degrees awarded were given to women, it is crucial that these girls are informed that they, too, have the power to program and change the world with codes. I want to present this piece of information to the public, and inspire others to show that anyone and everyone can start a program to benefit these girls and change the status quo where IT is seemingly a 'men only' field.

Educational Makerspaces: Re-Inventing the Learning Experience


A look at best practices and examples of makerspaces and programs specifically in education spaces (K-12 and College. How these programs can enhance traditional learning and how educational spaces differ from traditional makerspaces. Examples will be from the Dallas Area as we are a thriving maker community with ~10 k-12 makerspaces, a thriving university space (SMU Innovation GYM), and one of the countries largest community makerspaces (Dallas Makerspace)


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