Five years ago, Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager launched their book, "Invent To Learn - Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom," at MakerFaire. We will share how the book's ideas have influenced classroom practice around the world and offer advice for the future of classroom making.
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Dr. Gary Stager has spent the past 36 years helping educators around the world bring learning-by-making to their classrooms on a regular basis.
Sylvia Martinez is the co-author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom, known around the world as the “bible of the classroom maker movement.” She advocates for student-centered hands-on, minds-on learning with an emphasis on STEAM for all. She is president of CMK Futures, creating books and professional development to help educators invent the future of learning.
Sylvia is also principal advisor to the Stanford University FabLearn Fellows, a research group of global educators sharing hands-on, minds-on projects and curriculum. She also led educational non-profits and headed product development for consumer software, video games, and educational games at several software publishing companies.
Martinez started her career as an electrical engineer designing high frequency receiver systems and software for the GPS navigational satellite system. She holds a masters in educational technology and a bachelors in electrical engineering.